What I'm talking about is AIM Mail. Just go to http://mail.aol.com and sign in with your AIM screen name and password. Then they'll walk you through setting up an e-mail account at email@example.com.
Unlike gmail, AIM Mail isn't pure POP but a combination of IMAP and POP. Here's what their help page says:
- Incoming IMAP email server address: imap.aim.com
- IMAP port number: 143
- Outgoing SMTP email server address: smtp.aim.com (requires authentication)
- SMTP port number: 587
Alternate SMTP port number: 25
There's a "how to" here.
I haven't tried the IMAP/POP.