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There are a number of free email services available for all to use, including Google’s insanely popular Gmail and Microsoft’s insanely popular Outlook. These two, as well as the other less popular options, offer fantastic tools for us to communicate with each other for free. But which do you use? And what made you choose that particular service over the competition?

Smartphones Are a Mixed Bag

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Smartphones are now an unavoidable part of the world. Even if you don't own one, you'll find yourself exposed to them. The question is, are smartphones good or bad for society? Read More

Out of a total of 189 votes, 68.8% chose Smartphones are Partly Good & Partly Bad, 10.6% chose Smartphones are Bad, 100 Percent, 9.5% chose Smartphones are Good, 100 Percent, 5.8% chose Smartphones are Inconsequential, 4.2% percent exclaimed, Who Cares!, and 1% asked, What are Smartphones?

So it turns out the majority of you feel smartphones are both good and bad for society. Which really isn’t surprising. Smartphones certainly have the capacity to benefit us all 7 Household Items Our Smartphones Replaced That Maybe They Shouldn't Have 7 Household Items Our Smartphones Replaced That Maybe They Shouldn't Have Our smartphones have replaced a lot of commons items, but is that really for the best? Read More , but, if used incorrectly, smartphones have the potential to ruin lives How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More . In the end it all comes down to the user rather than the technology itself.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Hallsandolr Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Smartphones are now an unavoidable part of the world. Even if you don't own one, you'll find yourself exposed to them. The question is, are smartphones good or bad for society? Read More , Dragonmouth Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Smartphones are now an unavoidable part of the world. Even if you don't own one, you'll find yourself exposed to them. The question is, are smartphones good or bad for society? Read More , and Gavin Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Smartphones are now an unavoidable part of the world. Even if you don't own one, you'll find yourself exposed to them. The question is, are smartphones good or bad for society? Read More . Comment Of The Week goes to Laura, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are Smartphones Good or Bad for Society? [MakeUseOf Poll] Smartphones are now an unavoidable part of the world. Even if you don't own one, you'll find yourself exposed to them. The question is, are smartphones good or bad for society? Read More :

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It’s the user that has to decide if they are going to be the master or mastered. We are at a pivotal point in the evolution of information and are trying to figure out how to best use it all. People will get this figured out and will continue to demand proof of legitimacy from sources. The over use of electronic communication is just a new phase of people needing to connect with the least amount of effort.

We chose this comment because it gets to the heart of the issue. Namely, that it’s how we use smartphones that determines whether this technology is good or bad for society. Other readers also mentioned this undeniable element, but this comment summed things up in the most succinct way.

Free Email Services

Email is omnipresent in our lives these days. The vast majority of people have an email address, or more likely multiple email addresses, and whether we actively use email or not, our inboxes quickly fill up thanks to family, friends, and the ever-hopeful and overzealous spammers How Do Spammers Find Your Email Address? How Do Spammers Find Your Email Address? Spam is the closest thing we’ll ever find to an Internet plague. No matter who you are, spam will one day find you and you’ll have no choice but to put up with its pestilence.... Read More .

The majority of people use one of the many free email services available to use today. From Gmail Rediscover Gmail Labels and Finally Tame Your Inbox Rediscover Gmail Labels and Finally Tame Your Inbox There are plenty of tricks to deal with email overload, but there's one right under your nose that you might not be using: good old Gmail labels. Read More to Outlook Become a Pro Outlook User By Avoiding Common Mistakes Become a Pro Outlook User By Avoiding Common Mistakes If you work in a typical office environment, the odds are pretty good that the mail system is an Exchange sever and that the mail client of choice is Outlook. We've covered Outlook here at... Read More , and from Yahoo! Mail to iCloud Mail, there are options open to all regardless of their brand loyalties and choice of primary device.

We simply want to know, “Which of These Free Email Services Do You Use?”

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. What made you choose the free email service you currently use? Have you always used that one or have you only recently made the switch? Either way, why? Would you carry on using your email service if you needed to start paying for it?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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