Gmail is quickly becoming the most popular web based email platform. This is for several reasons. It’s free, it provides a of free storage lot (over 7 GB and counting), and it is provided by one of the best known internet brands – Google.
However, some people aren’t completely happy with the service that Gmail provides. One of the biggest complaints is the contextual advertising. It can be disconcerting when you get an email from your father asking you if you are going to attend the New York Giants football game, and you see that Google has placed several ads around the email asking you to buy Giants tickets. It seems as if Google is reading our emails!
If this describes you, then this guide might be useful to you. Here are some of the best free alternatives to Gmail for email on the internet.
1. Yahoo! Mail
Yahoo! Mail had an early start providing free email accounts, and they are still far and away the most popular web email service. As of March 2010, Yahoo! Mail actually had more U.S. traffic than all the other web email sites combined! Yahoo offers free email with unlimited storage space. A downside of their service is that they say they will delete all your messages if your account isn’t 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 gives you 5GB of storage and a choice of domains for your email. You can choose an @hotmail, @live, or @msn email address. They also let you consolidate all of your other email accounts into their interface. This is useful if you have a Yahoo! email account or you would still like to see your old Gmail emails through a new interface.
For people who are looking for an alternative to Google because of privacy concerns, Hushmail may be a good choice. Although they have never been widely popular, Hushmail has a high customer satisfaction rating stretching back to 1999. This service automatically encrypts every email you send. If normal emails are like sending a postcard, then Hushmail lets you send sealed envelopes. They offer 2GB of free storage, but you can pay for more if you ever need it.