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In just eight years, Gmail went from being nothing, to being the most-used email service in the entire world. As of 2012, it had over 425 million active users, and as of 2014, it became the first Google Play Store app to smash through the one-billion-installations record.

In other words, everyone knows about Gmail. But what about all of the other free email services out there? Gmail might be the most popular and the most well-known, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. Plus, you can’t keep using it, if you want to abandon Google How To Quit Using Google How To Quit Using Google So what can you do when Google encompasses a ton of products and services all around the world and you want to escape their control? When complaints and protests don’t work, the best way to... Read More .

So what else is out there? I’m glad you asked.

1. (formerly known as Hotmail Hotmail No More! Microsoft Outlook Email Services Explained Hotmail No More! Microsoft Outlook Email Services Explained Stop searching for Hotmail! The terminology surrounding the various Microsoft Outlook email services is confusing. If you no longer know whether it's called Outlook web app, Outlook Online, or other, let us explain. Read More ) was one of the first independent email services to be offered for free and without discrimination. In fact, until it was dethroned by Gmail in 2012, it was the most popular email service in the world.


The service has gone through numerous rebrandings over the years, and its current iteration is one of the best in terms of appearance and user-friendliness. It looks and feels very similar to the other web apps in Office Online, so if you use them, you’ll feel at home here.


It has a lot of advanced features, unlimited storage, integrates with OneDrive, and can handle custom domain names Forget Gmail - Also Handles Your Own Email Domain Forget Gmail - Also Handles Your Own Email Domain Now, using a webmail service to host your domain email isn't anything new. Matt covered how you can set up email on your domain using Google Apps. But is Google really the only act in... Read More . If you decide to switch permanently, it’s easy enough to forward all your emails How To Play With Without Giving Up On Gmail How To Play With Without Giving Up On Gmail I don’t think you will be changing over from Gmail to too soon. Definitely not brand loyalty, but certainly our email habits which makes that change just a future prospect. Gmail is great by... Read More . is ad-supported, but Ad-Free is available for $20 per year.

2. Yandex.Mail

For those who don’t know, Yandex is a Russian company that’s involved in all kinds of Internet ventures, including Web search, where it currently ranks as the largest search engine in Russia. Other services include Yandex Browser, Yandex Launcher, and Yandex Disk for cloud storage.


As far as reliability is concerned, you don’t have much to worry about with Yandex.Mail, which currently processes over 12 million non-spam emails every day. You’ll start with a 10 GB capacity, but as soon as you dip below 200 MB, you get a 1 GB boost. That’s effectively unlimited.

The interface is pretty nice, too. Not only is it clean and intuitive, but it has most of the features you’d need for an easy time: labels, categories, reminders, message templates, and configurable hotkeys. Definitely worth a try.

3. Zoho Mail

The Zoho Corporation is best known for its Zoho Office Suite, which is actually a pretty good free alternative to Microsoft Office 9 of the Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives to Microsoft Office 9 of the Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives to Microsoft Office Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price.... Read More , but its free email service isn’t all that shabby either. And best of all, it’s really free — no advertisements!


Zoho Mail is aimed at professionals. It’s packed full of useful features like multi-level folders, complex rules and filters, tabbed and threaded views, advanced search, message templates, and an interface that seems designed for power users. All in all, it’s very solid.

After signing up for Zoho Mail, you’ll get 5 GB for email storage and a separate 5 GB for document storage, which you can access using the Zoho Online Office Apps. If you need more space, you’ll have to shell out for a premium subscription.

4. Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! Mail was one of the big three email services back in the day, and while it’s still in use by a lot of people, it has certainly fallen by the wayside in recent years. Interestingly enough, its current interface design is as close as you’ll get to Gmail’s classic interface.


Personally, I really like Yahoo! Mail. It’s simple and straightforward, but not so minimal that it feels outdated or lacking. Its feature set is admittedly a bit basic, but for a Web-based email service, it’s not bad at all.

And with a 1 TB storage capacity, Yahoo! Mail is basically offering unlimited storage. Attachments are limited to 25 MB in size, which means that even the wildest email user would have trouble filling up that much space in one lifetime.

5. ProtonMail

If security and privacy are the things you care about most in an email service, then ProtonMail is the one for you. Created by a CERN researcher and his research team of Harvard and MIT students, ProtonMail is the most private email service that you can get for free.


ProtonMail is protected by Swiss privacy laws and a two-password form of inbox encryption. Emails are also encrypted before being stored and no metadata is kept (not even your IP address). You can even send self-destructing messages if you’re so inclined.

Free users get 500 MB of storage and 1,000 messages per month. Unfortunately, ProtonMail has been so popular that they can’t keep up with demand. You can join the waiting list and they’ll send you an invite as their server capacity allows. (Yep, they’re working on getting more servers, too.)

6. GMX Mail

GMX Mail has been around since 1997, yet surprisingly few people have ever heard of it. It’s been popular enough that it was able to acquire and its users back in 2010, bringing it up to 11 million active users in 2015. As far as perseverence goes, GMX Mail deserves a lot of credit.


With GMX Mail, you’ll get unlimited email storage, 50 MB attachment file size limit, 2 GB of file storage, and up to 2 levels of nested folders. However, if you’re in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you’ll be redirected to, which offers 1 GB email storage, 20 MB attachment file size limit, 1 GB of file storage, and 3 levels of nested folders.

Indeed, GMX Mail comes with cloud file storage, which is pretty awesome. The Web client also has a contacts manager and a calendar organizer, both of which are actually quite useful.

7. AOL Mail

I bet you didn’t know that AOL (formerly known as America Online) is still alive and kicking. In fact, it currently maintains a lot of products, including an RSS reader that’s quite good AOL Reader: Feedly Competitor Or A Google Reader Alternative Runner Up? AOL Reader: Feedly Competitor Or A Google Reader Alternative Runner Up? Like a phoenix, Google Reader’s death led to its resurrection. After its death, half-a-dozen alternatives arose from Google Reader's ashes – some of which barely work. Others, however, eclipse even Google Reader’s functionality. One such... Read More , as well as a free email service that’s sometimes wrongly referred to as AIM Mail.


AOL Mail offers unlimited email storage with a 25 MB limit on attachment file sizes. It’s also fully integrated with AOL Instant Messenger, if you still use that, and you can completely unsend emails that are sent to other AOL inboxes.

Other than the basic features you’d expect from a free email provider, AOL Mail doesn’t provide much more. The interface is a bit unpolished and it’s supported by ads. Overall, it’s neither great nor terrible. It is what it is.

Which Email Service(s) Do You Use?

At the end of the day, Gmail is perfectly fine, unless you have a specific complaint about one of its features, don’t trust it to value your privacy, or want to avoid using Google as much as you can. In that case, you’ll want to give these a try.

Personally, I’ve been using Gmail since it debuted and it has never caused me any issues. However, that doesn’t mean Gmail is the best, so I urge you to try out alternatives whenever you can. You never know if you’ll find an alternative that you absolutely love.

Do you use Gmail? Why or why not? If you don’t, which free email service would you recommend in its place? Are there any I missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. mark
    January 27, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Protommail is a complete and utter waste of time. you go there and the page takes forever to load and PEGS all of your cores. You leave and your browser is STILL owned by what ever scripts they had running while you were on their site and now EVERY page you go to takes forever to load in and every part of the browsing experience is TOTALLY buggered.
    I went there, clicked on the create account and closed the window 3 minutes later while it was still loading and i was at 400% cpu. that was a few minute ago and my broswser is still screwed up. will need to killall -9 firefox and relaunch
    Also, glad you did not have - they themselves are constantly emailing your account with "you have been selected to buy this garbage" emails

  2. Kathy
    January 14, 2017 at 3:40 am

    I have used Hotmail (now Outlook) for almost 20 years. It was my favorite; nothing else came close to having the features I wanted. But when it became Outlook that all changed! I get tons of emails every day, and they add up fast. It used to be, when I hover over the sender for the drop down and select "find email", and it brought up all of the emails from that address, and I clicked the box on top for "all folders', which selected all of that sender's emails... I could click on "Delete" – and voila, all would be deleted in a single stroke! .. NOW, I click on "Delete"... and NOTHING happens! This is consistent. It doesn't matter which sender I bring up, en masse, and try to delete... they will not delete! Meanwhile, my inbox gets bigger.. and bigger.. and bigger...

  3. isaac pentlin
    January 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    IO used Yahoo for many yrs; but lately I have been getting much spam.I spam them and they still spam me. I closed the account. I am getting the same problem like I have with Yahoo. with and I emailed them that I will close them in successive months. wrote me back and admitted they are having trouble with spammers. I had a or GMX accout which seamed to be the best. LYCOS is very basic and I like them. I have a Gmail account and I have no problems with spam there.

  4. Steph Bor
    December 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I've used google for 16yrs. A group member sent an explicit video in a whatsapp foum . My google accounts are always signed in, i auto uploaded to google google disabled all my accounts.
    Pics, email, docs... all gone. no human to contact just auto response sayign you violated their TOS. I try to explain, not going anywhere.
    So, no point staying after this experience. Just shows how too many products with 1 firm acn harm you daily life when you there an innocent mistake.
    Anyone used Zoho or Yandex?

  5. Marek Sumara
    October 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    No love for iCloud? It's free, and includes Apple office-style web apps. Anyone with an iPhone needs it especially for "Find My Phone" :) I've been around for awhile (I have an address), and have collected several accounts over the years on Gmail, Yahoo, Zoho, Outlook / Hotmail, etc. My @mac address is by far the most-used, with gmail second (they used to be #1 in spam filtering). I don't even remember my logins for my Yahoo account. Zoho is ...there, but secondary... and Outlook / Hotmail I only keep out of necessity of continuity.

    What I continue to find sad is how many folks just accept the email account that comes with their ISP... create their digital life tied to that account... and then find themselves in crisis when they switch ISPs without planning for the transition.

  6. George Schwarz
    October 23, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Your recommendations for Yahoo and Outlook destroy your cred. I get more spam and junk with those two than I have ever gotten with gmail.

  7. Toms
    October 22, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    In my opinion everybody uses gmail. I also like to use / email. Well service and working on their products.

    • Sentinel
      March 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Your opinion that "everybody" uses gmail portrays you as a clueless fool.

      • bubacarr
        March 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

        hello there how are you doing there i want to be friend with you because you are really honest

  8. Erwin
    October 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I like using Zoho mail.

  9. asad
    October 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    i am using proton mail since it launch. the interface is simple with no hidden twists and their self destroying mail feature is talk of town. Though the capacity for free proton mail is limited to 500 mb, but i think its more then sufficient for users like me. If want more space, go pro.

  10. Ethan
    October 18, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Why can't Gmail on Android do one click multiple select like on the desktop version?
    I've had Gmail on PC since it began and appreciate its capabilities, but one function not included on their Android app is sorely missed. On the desktop version at the main inbox (as well as social networking and promotional inboxes), we can grab a page worth of multiple emails to process with 1 click in the check box. We can also for search emails filtered in various way & do likewise. But not on Android? Selecting one email at a time to move to another folder or send to trash is ridiculous! Though the Android email apps I've tried so far don't exactly have this function like Gmail on PC, there is a way by searching to select multiple emails. For example, using the app "MyMail" to get my Gmail, to grab multiple emails, I just open an email, then long press the From sender's tab & select Find Messages. Long press to select one email, click the upper right corner, Select All, then delete or move to a folder. K@Mail does this too & has Rich Text.
    When I aquire a newer Android in the coming months with 32 or 64 gigabytes in primary storage, I look forward to compare & try other apps that can be set up to retrieve Gmail and non web mail. Meanwhile I wish I could remove Gmail and other Google bloatware to save storage space, but my phone is not rooted. Any recommendations for a faster flexible and customizable smartphone with large primary storage is welcome. TIA

  11. pbc
    September 20, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Yahoo has a good email service, but its customer support is the pits. I have been trying to resolve a problem for 5 days. Their FAQ's do not address my problem.. There is no way to talk to a real person. No email contact for yahoomail? Ironic. No person to chat with. I am changing my email today even tho i have been with yahoo for many years.
    I'm not a computer genius and I need to have a support system I can rely on.

    • Joel Lee
      September 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Oh man, I'm usually able to troubleshoot on my own so I totally overlooked the whole customer support angle. You're right, some of these email services are pretty bad in that department. Thanks for bringing that up, Pbc. Do you still use Yahoo or did you switch to something else?

  12. Anon
    August 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I use gmail almost exclusively for things related to Google such as messages from YouTube subscriptions, which I never read. That's because I don't trust (((Google))). should not be on anybody's consideration list for email services because Microsoft suddenly and arbitrarily locks people out of their email accounts. That's a nasty surprise when that happens. You want your email to be totally reliable, and Microsoft's email offerings woefully fail to meet that standard.
    I use Startmail, which is not free. It has a few quirks that are annoying, but it is private and fairly reliable. The quirks are that you can't make permanent settings for email fonts and colors, the hyperlink frequently won't clear for the next link you want to insert, the site on rare occasions goes down for up to a few hours, images often won't paste directly into an email and must be saved to disk first, and the service they use to receive payments will think you're a spammer, which can make it difficult to pay for the service. Still I much like Startmail because it's private and reliable. They don't scan or read your email or arbitrarily lock you out.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Wow, Startmail sounds awful! Just a few quirks and (only) goes down for up to a few hours!? Doesn't sound reliable at all.

      Email privacy only really exists if you use two-way encryption. In all other cases, email is probably the least secure communication medium you can use. Investing in a VPN would be a better idea.

      • Anon
        August 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

        It has only been down for three or 4 times that I know about over the past year and those were only for a few hours. I can live with that. Microsoft's sudden surprises are intolerable. A site being down briefly for maintenance is one thing. Locking you out is another matter that's far worse.

        I agree about the encryption and privacy. An email service has no business reading or scanning its users' emails even if they aren't encrypted. Startmail doesn't do either. A VPN is a good idea. That will hide your location if it's a good VPN, but it won't protect you from a bad email service.

        If this link will post here, you can read what others have said about their bad experiences with Microsoft email.

      • Anon
        August 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        I tried to post a reply, but it didn't show after I clicked on post comment. Maybe the link/URL I put in was a problem.

        Startmail is not awful at all. I have other email addresses to deal with temporary outages. Three or 4 times over a year is all the down time I know about. That's an entirely different matter and an acceptable one in comparison to being locked out.

        Usually I don't need email privacy, but I definitely need reliability. Locking people out is totally unreliable.

        A VPN is a good idea for hiding your location and identity, but it won't protect you from a bad email service.

        There's a forum on Microsoft that has a few comments about bad experiences from users. It's titled "Your account has been temporarily suspended"

        • Tina Sieber
          August 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm

          I guess I've been lucky. I can't remember ever having been locked out of my email account. I'm not using Outlook though. Thanks for the details on that issue!

  13. Fullofhope
    August 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I have to stop using gmail because it is uninstallable on Thunderbird. It endlessly asks "Config could not be verified--is the username or password wrong?".
    if you do a search on this message you see loads of people get it, and not all manage to get round it, I being one of them.

    • DarkSocksRaily
      December 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Usually this happens if you're not signed in with the account you're trying to add to thunderbird.

      I've got two gmail accounts and they're the easiest (of all others like outlook, gmx, yahoo) to set-up on thunderbird.

      Just sign in with your browser first and then try to add it on thunderbird.

  14. Károly Németh
    August 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I have a couple account on several email provider. One of these ( is finishing to give free account and I want to change to an other host (after 8 years). It's matter of "sound" of my email address because I want to use it for job seeking and some similar "official" reason.

    I don't understand why do you suggest Yahoo and AOL if their services isn't so reliable?
    I found a useful comparison:
    I'm tending to use Zoho.

  15. Brenda F.
    August 5, 2016 at 2:35 am

    The biggest issue I have had with GMX is that it only allows you to store five draft E mails.

  16. John Smith
    July 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    If you use AOL or Yahoo, expect your accounts to be compromised, hacked, or broken into.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      More so than any other free email service? What makes you say that?

      • John Smith
        July 13, 2016 at 10:33 pm

        If you have been following such news like some of us were, you'd know that by now. In fact I remember when Yahoo promised to harden their email servers after over 273 million accounts were hack at one point.

        I can also give you my personal experience. I have several gmail, and accounts, due to the nature of my business, and try to keep separate emails to forward to from my business domains. I also keep around half a dozen of throw away Yahoo, AOL and couple of other accounts.
        The only accounts I had compromised were 2 yahoo accounts and all three AOL accounts.
        Historically I was more cautious with AOL and yahoo, used more complex passwords than the rest, and activated 2 step verification with all yahoo accounts the minute that became available, still got hacked along with millions of them.

        I have been a Linux system admin for the last 22 years, and know exactly how to lock down my accounts and services, so user problem is not the culprit here.

        • Leanda
          August 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

          Hi John,
          I also use gmail for business purposes, but lately it bumps my emails to more that 25 recipients back to me. And do not try sending more than two messages with more than 25 recipients on one day! It is really annoying. Any ideas how to get around that? Gmail keeps telling me I am spamming - but I am not.
          Seems like I must go see a professional, since I tried and it did the exact same thing.

        • Joe Rodriguez
          December 9, 2016 at 4:09 am

          I was one of those 273 yahoo accounts that got hacked.. with 2-step active. I only used that account for Yahoo Answers tho, not even for email so it wasn't anything more than a minor nuisance, thankfully.

          I've been using gmx for nearly a year now, I like it. It also allows you 10 alias email addresses in a few different domains, has worked out so far.

          I've recently started using Yandex because of the extra services. Seems good so far.

      • Anon
        August 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm

        I had good experience with Yahoo for years. Then in 2012 I was awakened with a call from my cousin who had received spam from my Yahoo email account that had been compromised unbeknownst to me. I followed the suggestions I could find from Yahoo such as changing my password. Nothing worked because it was a Yahoo insider who had commandeered my account. The log Yahoo had for when I was signed in to my account had been altered. The links on Yahoo for help with the problem were disabled. I had a strong password. Only an insider could have compromised my account like that. The spam that the hacker neglected to delete from my sent folder had addresses from India. Yahoo has people working for it in India who are untrustworthy. Since that incident, I've received tons of spam. Yahoo doesn't have good tools for filtering spam. Verizon bought Yahoo. Maybe Verizon will make it better.

        • PxDx
          October 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

          You're sick calling Indians as not trustworthy. Please get well soon.

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    • John Smith
      July 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Your Caps Lock key is stuck.

      • wl
        July 31, 2016 at 7:09 am

        Shift key?

        • Sentinel
          March 4, 2017 at 11:42 pm

          Comcast is so lame that maybe it only allows uppercase (j/k).

  18. email tester
    May 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I still have a Bigfoot forwarding address... remember that??

  19. Ralf
    March 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

    GMX is one of the best and everybody in Germany knows it. As it is mentioned in the text for them security is very important. That's why mails are encrypted when they are sent between GMX Users and all the mails are stored on servers in Germany

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Ralf! Kinda weird that the German version of GMX is different. I wonder if us non-German users have an inferior version in terms of security?

  20. Sandy Coulter
    March 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I have been using AOL mail both web-based and in the AOL software for over 20 years. I have never been hacked and it has allowed me to conduct business with very few glitches. Some of my colleagues will laugh and make remarks like what kind of geek uses AOL, etc. My answer is that it just plain works and I prefer to stick with proven technology. Yes, I have tried many others just for the sake of experimentation but have found non as easy and trouble free. It is also super easy to transition to from other accounts as I have done for people having problems with Yahoo, hotmail or gmail. Try it and you will see what I mean.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 2:18 am

      Well if you've been using it for that long, you probably have a massive archive of emails stored up! If I were in your position, I'd hate giving that up just to switch somewhere else. As I like to say, if something works for you, keep using it. :)

  21. David S
    March 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Almost everyone I know has had their AOL account hacked. I think they must allow brute force attacks on the pword. They also seem to divulge email addresses that former users used to send email to.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Somehow that doesn't surprise me. Thanks for the heads up David!

  22. Janet
    March 27, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Do any of these have their oen android apps? :)

  23. Debra Marr
    March 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    With 425 million active users I really don't think Google would have the time to be checking clients emails.
    I started using Gmail because I prefer google chrome as a browser, I also still have a yahoo email account.
    What happened to excite? I had to get a new computer in 2012 & could no longer access my excite account, had thousands of emails from friends all around the world that I was keeping.

    Some good info there, shall be bookmarking this for future reference.

    • fcd76218
      March 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      "With 425 million active users I really don’t think Google would have the time to be checking clients emails."
      You mean 'privacy by obscurity'? Don't hold your breath. NSA processes that many messages in an hour and they have no problems extracting the info they are interested in. It is all done with software algorithms that automatically find the data of interest. Untouched by human hand.

  24. John
    March 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    What about Thunderbird or is that just an email server that handles everythng

    • deezy
      March 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      I use it on Mac and Windows. While not the most refined, it works just fine.

      But it is a Mail client software for an existing email account. You still need Gmail or AOL or Yahoo or some email server to host your mail.

  25. Boat Rocker
    March 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    When I look through my archives, the most hacked email addresses resulting in spam in my inbox come from Hotmail and Yahoo.

    So bad that for a while, maybe 10 years or so ago, if an email showed up from either I would call or write asking the sender if they were aware that they sent me anything before I considered opening it.

    When it comes to these two, I've talked many people out of joining and into closing old accounts. I am still very cautious when dealing with messages from those providers.

  26. JIm
    March 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Why would anyone use Gmail when Google freely admits it owns all your email and can look at it and mine it for names and data as much as they wish?

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Convenience, ignorance, or apathy. At least Gmail is reliable (you know it won't ever disappear) so maybe that's worth the price of privacy? For some people, anyway.

  27. Nicky K.D Chaleunphone
    March 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Who the hell uses Yahoo mail these days. I thought everyone would be on Gmail.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      More than you'd think! Most are probably people who signed up a while ago and couldn't be bothered to switch away. :P

      • fcd76218
        March 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        I've stayed with GMail because of inertia; I was to lazy to switch. After all, it IS a chore to change your email address on all the sites where you left it. :-)

  28. mandeep singh
    March 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    yeah, all are very nice

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks, I hope it helped. :)

  29. Hildegerd Haugen
    March 25, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Ghostmaiil is good too.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      It's nice that Ghostmail has encryption! Too bad the free plan is a bit crippled in features, but it's still worth checking out. Thanks for the heads up, Hildegerd!

    • Károly Németh
      August 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Unfortunately ghostmail will close for individuals. The reason is "presumption of guilty". This is a paranoid stupidity in my opinion.

      They don't serve at all because there could be some criminal mind among their users. What kind of thinking is this?

  30. George Schwarz
    March 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I've got no beef with Gmail when using it with Office/Outlook in IMAP. I like it less using it in the webmail format. I use, but detest Yahoo for its ads and massive spam. I do OK with my hotmail account. In general, I'd prefer a client to webmail.

    One regret is migrating away from Pegasus' Pmail.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Any reason why you're using different services? Nothing wrong with that, just curious. :)

  31. Pravin
    March 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Hey, Joel

    You didn't include / One of my favourites. Using since 2000.

    • Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries
      March 25, 2016 at 12:51 am

      See the first two sentences of #6:

      "GMX Mail has been around since 1997, yet surprisingly few people have ever heard of it. It’s been popular enough that it was able to acquire and its users back in 2010, bringing it up to 11 million active users in 2015."

      I have had accounts with both for a very long time, and while they're better now at handling spam, their filters still aren't that great.

  32. A41202813GMAIL ..
    March 18, 2016 at 11:56 am

    1 Of The Reasons I Did Not Use Free YAHOO Mail More Frequently, Was The Feature To Redirect Mails To Other Accounts Was Only Reserved For Premium Users.

    A Few Days Ago, I Was Pleasantly Surprised That After So Many Many Many Years They Decided To Include That Feature For Free Users, Too.

    Does Anyone Know When They Finally Got Smarter ?

    Thank You.

  33. gjohnson
    March 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I still prefer non-web mails. They seem to have more features.
    Win Live Mail still works well plus I have backup emailers that work similarly to WLM:
    eMailClient, Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook contained in Microsoft Office, Mailbird - I receive emails from friends who use IncrediMail.
    These were all easily set up - so I'm ready when WLM is taken from us.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      True, I prefer desktop email clients too. Right now I'm using Postbox. Good thing is that desktop clients can be used in conjunction with these email accounts!

  34. thanlite
    March 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

    glad that protonmail is in the list

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Yup, it's worth knowing about. Do you use it? If so, how do you like it?

      • Al
        March 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        I use them, Joel. Love it so far. Encryption is built in by default, so I don't have to deal with it but I am covered. The new release of the mobile apps was a huge deal for me!

  35. Grant Real
    March 18, 2016 at 2:31 am stopped allowing users to set up or manage accounts using their own domain in April 2014 but both Yandex and Zoho support mail@your-own-domain at no charge

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Good to know! Thanks Grant.

  36. Bobmark
    March 18, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Aside from divorcing from Google, you need to tell me why any of these are better than Gmail. The possible exception is ProtonMail with its encryption.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Divorcing from Gmail is the main reason, but user interface is another. Sometimes people just prefer one over another due to appearances and what not, which is still a valid reason to switch in my opinion.

    • fcd76218
      March 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      GMail is missing features that I consider important and that I had with ATT WorldMail 15+ years ago. The features GMail does add, I find useless.

    • katcfw
      October 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I like the ability to sort my email by subject, sender, date etc., and gmail does not offer the sorting feature. It does have a "search" feature that works quite well, but that doesn't fulfill what I seek

  37. Amanda Hugenkiss
    March 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm


    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Oh, Hushmail looks pretty nice! But I don't see a free plan. Am I missing it somewhere?

  38. rascus
    March 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Very good article. I'm missing only tutanota on that list.

    • thanlite
      March 18, 2016 at 10:02 am

      +1 for tutanota

      • Albert
        March 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

        It is good only for encryption. But their receiving box is very bad :(

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks rascus! Didn't know about tutanota.

    • Al
      March 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Tried Tutanota, but it just doesn't compare to Protonmail. The user experience is terrible. Plus Protonmail is built on openPGP so it is inter-operable with a bunch of other encrypted services.

  39. fcd76218
    March 17, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am trying to extricate myself from Google's clutches, GMail being their last hold on me.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      No problem! If you decide on one, do let us know which and why. :D

      • fcd76218
        March 26, 2016 at 3:07 pm

        Considering my desire for privacy, I would like to switch to ProtonMail. The problem with switching is that I will have to notify everybody of my new address. In view of how often we leave our email address, that is not going to be an easy task.

        • Al
          March 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

          Totally, agree. I just made the switch and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Just set your Gmail to auto-forward new messages to your new email.

  40. amro
    March 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    GMX is great in a lot of ways, but I had to abandon it because it has gained a negative reputation for spam. Who knew that making it harder to sign up was actually a good thing?

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Hmm, I wasn't aware of the spam reputation. That's sad to hear.

    • Al
      March 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      This is why I had to leave GMX. I've found the best deliver-ability with Gmail, Protonmail and Outlook. Ended up with Protonmail because of their security.

      • Peter Buyze
        July 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        Did you use their spam filter? This is what it says on their website:

        “A good spam filter is the key to keeping your inbox free of junk mail. GMX is aware of this and has created a spam blocker with our users in mind.”

    • Peter Buyze
      July 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Did you use their spam filter? This is what it says on their website:

      "A good spam filter is the key to keeping your inbox free of junk mail. GMX is aware of this and has created a spam blocker with our users in mind."

  41. Kevin Wampler
    March 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I can't believe AOL is still around! I didn't know GMX was still around, too. Very informative.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Kevin! Funny how AOL still exists, huh? Haha.

  42. Gary Dauphin
    March 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks, good roundup! I would be concerned about the future of Yahoo mail, the company is in an awkward (money-losing) situation right now, and I would concerned about the future of any of its offerings.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Gary! Even though Yahoo! doesn't seem to be flourishing, I think they're still a long way away from going bankrupt. I don't really have any data to back that up though, so maybe taking caution is actually a good idea. Hmm.

      • deezy
        March 25, 2016 at 11:39 pm

        While I agree that Yahoo itself is not in imminent danger, they are reducing staff and cutting product lines, and if they are not making money on Email, who knows if they will cut it or not.

    • Jeff Fuller
      March 26, 2016 at 4:44 am

      As someone who still has a address,which is what eventually became Yahoo mail back in the 90's, I am not surprised Yahoo has been hemorrhaging users. Their interface has been getting worse in recent years IMHO, but then again I never liked the Gmail interface.

      Thanks for the article,I'm going to start researching some alternatives.