It can sometimes feel as if there are as many e-mail services for a person to choose from as there are people needing the service---and finding the right one is a difficult task. This is a list of the most popular e-mail service providers.
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Yahoo! Mail is the most popular free e-mail service provider, with an estimated 106 million users in the United States as of July 2009. It offers unlimited storage space, a drag-and-drop folder system, and a customisable interface. It will cost extra if POP mail access is needed or if a user wants to browse ad-free.
Windows Live Hotmail
Windows Live Hotmail has a customisable interface with several colour themes to choose from---like Yahoo! Mail---but Hotmail allows a user to move the reader pane as well. For an extra fee, a person can get more storage space, send larger attachments, and display the inbox without advertisements.
Gmail allows the sending of 20MB attachments, which is the largest for any free e-mail service. Gmail uses tags instead of folders to keep the inbox organised, and the storage space is ample but not unlimited. The interface can be customised with over a dozen themes, or users can create their own.
AOL Mail is known for its virus scanning and spam filtering services, which are considered some of the best available with a free e-mail service provider. The inbox has unlimited storage, image blocking and IMAP access.
Comes standard with 5GB of storage space, 20MB attachments and an easy-to-use interface. The service lacks phishing protection but includes free POP3 access. It isn't Web 2.0 friendly, which can leave the inbox looking lacklustre.
This e-mail provider gives users 5GB of storage space but lacks an organised folder system for the inbox. However, it offers a rich interface for easy navigation. GMX does allow free access from an external e-mail program using POP3 or IMAP protocols.
Fast Mail provides users with 10GB of storage space, has a rich web interface, and allows a person to retrieve mail from other accounts. However, it fails to have adequate spam filtering capabilities for the free accounts.
Gawab allocates 10GB of storage space for its e-mail accounts, is known for reliability and speed, but falls short with its inadequate e-mail search function. It does allow POP3 and IMAP access, so mail from other providers can be downloaded to Gawab.
Zenbe provides an elegant and simple interface, but what makes it unique is its Facebook and Twitter access. It lacks in spam filtering and external e-mail program access. The biggest drawback of this service is it isn't free, although it does offer a 30-day free trial.
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