Choosing the right email service is always a hard one, but most people go to what they see first and that is free. You should never have to pay for using email these days. I have been a member of Hotmail ever since the days of high school, and that’s over 6 years almost.
You can use email addresses either in a web browser, or in an email client. I see more and more people using web browsers now, and that’s the way it should be. How can you restrict yourself to checking your email only on one computer?. Most new people just getting into using email have no idea how to set up their email service provider’s server settings in an email client like Thunderbird by Mozilla.
Anyways, enough said. Now is the time to choose from the best free email service providers. Since there is like a hundred of them out there, we’ll stick with the top ten to choose from:
Gmail has been offered by Google as a completely free service for years. You pretty much get free unlimited online storage allowing you to collect all of your messages, and the smartly-designed interface is very simple in a Google kind of way. I find their stuff (or web software) to be the most technologically designed software ever. Gmail is not the top just because Google is the top search engine, but because they created the best email service by far. If you did want to use Gmail with a email client you can do that as it is POP and IMAP compatible.
Also known as Outlook now (which I guess that name comes from Microsoft’s old email client named Outlook Express), Hotmail continues to be one of the most popular email services which alot of people used to use MSN with (a chat client). This is only another free email service that also gives you unlimited storage, fast search, very solid security, POP access so you can use an email client with it, and the interface is pretty easy to use just like Gmail. I have to say though that Gmail has a much better and user friendly design. But Hotmail remains to be just as useful but a little less straight forward in terms of usability with the controls within a user being logged in.
3) AIM Mail
AIM Mail, which is the free web-based email service provided by AOL, comes with unlimited online storage, decent spam protection, and a very rich and easy to use interface. For so long AOL has been offering premium email services to people.
4) iCloud Mail
Normally Apple’s mail services costed money, but apparently now it is free and is offered through iCloud. What you get with this package is ample storage, IMAP and POP access, with a very user friendly web interface. The interface at iCloud doesn’t offer the labels or anything more of the advanced tools for productivity and also for organizing mail, though, and it does not support anyone accessing other email accounts from the same email address, which is different than syncing mail from an email client, like I said you can still do that.
5) Yahoo! Mail
Yahoo!’s Mail is just another free email program for on the web and also mobile devices giving you unlimited storage, SMS texting, social networking and also instant messaging just like what you get with Hotmail and Windows Messenger. It’s pretty much a breeze to use overall, though you do not get “smart folders” (folders you can put mail into to sort them all) and the spam filter could maybe capture junk mail a little more effectively.
So all the email services have their upsides and downsides. One last suggestion I will make just for the heck of it is maybe to use your Facebook account as your email account, which you can get your address by finding out your public username. So if your Profile takes you to a web address like Facebook.com/public.username then your email address for Facebook will be “email@example.com”. But in using this email within Facebook you would not get the same features from a stand alone free email service provider, it would be limited. But if all you do is send and receive basic emails, this could be the way to go for you.
As I have been with Hotmail too long, all my old emails are stored online, so I pretty much would rather stay with them, just like thinking of changing your phone number when everyone you know has that number. I can access all my other email account’s inbox’s from my Hotmail account.
If you think about it too, Yahoo is bound to either go downhill or get bought out by another company eventually down the road. So it may be best to steer away from them. Google is the web giant, and Microsoft is second to them, so it’s up to you.