Gmail is fast becoming the most popular web-based email platform. This is for various reasons. It’s free, provides a large amount of free storage (over 7GB and counting), and is provided by one of the best-known internet brands – Google.
However, some people are not completely satisfied with the service that Gmail offers. One of the biggest complaints is contextual advertising. It can be disconcerting when you receive an email from your father asking if you will be attending the New York Giants football game and you see that Google has placed various advertisements around the email asking you to buy Giants tickets. It seems like Google is reading our emails!
If this describes you, then this guide might help you. These are some of the best free alternatives to Gmail for email on the Internet.
yahoo! Mail got off to an early start by providing free email accounts, and they are still by far the most popular web email service. As of March 2010, Yahoo! The email actually had more traffic in the US than all other email websites combined! Yahoo offers free email with unlimited storage space. One downside to their service is that they say they will delete all your messages if your account is not accessed for 4 months.
2. Windows Live Mail
This is the second most popular email service in the United States. Formerly known as Hotmail, MSN Live Mail offers you 5GB of storage and a choice of domains for your email. You can choose an email address @hotmail, @live, or @msn. They also allow you to consolidate all your other email accounts in their interface. This is useful if you have a Yahoo! email account or you would still like to view your old Gmail emails through a new interface.
3. Secret mail
For people looking for an alternative to Google for privacy reasons, Hushmail may be a good option. Although they have never been very popular, Hushmail has a high customer satisfaction rating dating back to 1999. This service automatically encrypts every email you send. If normal emails are like sending a postcard, then Hushmail allows you to send sealed envelopes. They offer 2GB of free storage, but you can pay more if you ever need it.