I did some research online hunting for the best free email services available. We all know about G-mail and its interface. But, G-mail isn’t the only one around. In India, Yahoo and Hotmail are equally popular, but, there are still a lot of nice sites which are worth using at least as an alternative.
GMX Mail –
This is my personal favorite apart from G-mail. I use this ID to subscribe to blogs and for opening accounts in forums, etc. It comes with an excellent spam filter and POP3 and IMAP access which make it even easier to access your mail from the comfort of Outlook or Thunderbird. Apart from the Web mail Interface, GMX also has a fairly good Mobile page. This will be very useful for checking mail on the go.
Storage: 1GB limit, unlike Hotmail or G-mail, the storage doesn’t grow with your needs.
The best thing about AIM mail is that it has practically unlimited storage. You can comfortably forget deleting emails. It lacks some options which other providers often, but, it sure makes a mark with the unlimited storage.
This is an Indian website run by Network 18. The email interface is above average but, it has a feature called INdrive which enables you to store any of your files up to 10GB. I have around 4 in.com accounts and have an online storage of approximately 40GB. I am sure you will find it useful when you have a small HDD like mine. But, the problem is you need to download every file you need to access, which may not be economical. I’d recommend this for those users with unlimited usage and a faster bandwidth.
Other famous services –
Apart from the ones mentioned above Yahoo! Mail, Aol, Windows Live Hotmail are the best.
A Dubious Fact
My ISP, BSNL have provided me with an Email account along with my broadband connection. The funniest thing about this is the Storage limit of a mere 5MB. If someone sends you an attachment of 7MB with the mail, it’ll bounce back to them.
Like everyone says, I strongly recommend that you use G-mail. But, these services can be a good alternative just in case G-mail temporarily goes down which has already many-a-time happened in the past. If you have to mention your mail address to create new accounts in forums and other sites, you can sign up with one of these providers.
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