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Top 7 Gmail Alternatives for 2011

Gmail is one of a leading free web-based mail service provider on the internet. Some people, however, are concern about Gmail's privacy, poor Rich HTML formatting, policies issues and usage of contextual ads and are looking for alternatives which are just as fast, efficient and great amount of storage space. Below are 7 of the best alternatives to Gmail.

Gmail is one of the leading free web-based mail service providers on the internet. Gmail has over 170 million users and it provides 7400MB of free storage space. With an amount of US$ 5 per year, it can be upgraded to 20GB, and with US$ 4096 per year, it can be upgraded to 16TB. Despite these amazing features, there are people who do not like the idea of using a big company for their emailing needs. Some people are concerned about its privacy, as can be read here, poor Rich HTML formatting, policies issues and usage of contextual ads and are looking for alternatives which are just as fast, efficient and great amount of storage space. Below are 7 of the best alternatives to Gmail.

1. Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail is probably the best Gmail alternative. As of 2010, there are 280 million users; it is the largest web-based email service. There are two versions of Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Mail Classic and Yahoo Mail. The former is their traditional mail system. It is better than Yahoo Mail, spam protection wise, but its plain editor is lacking. It also doesn’t thread messages. The free version of Yahoo Mail offers unlimited mail storage, 25 MB for attachments, and 100 filters to automatically sort incoming messages, better spam protection, POP3 support, and other features. However, the downside of Yahoo Mail is that if an account is not logged in for four months, it will get deactivated. The account can be retrieved later but all stored data will not be restored. It also doesn’t provide IMAP access for desktop email programs.

2. Windows Live Hotmail

Windows Live Hotmail, previously known as MSN Hotmail is the most popular web-based free email service with over 360 million users as of 2010. It is simple and user-friendly. Windows Live Hotmail provides storage of 25GB with a 10MB attachment limit. It supports POP access, spam filtering, virus scanning and good searching capabilities. Windows Live Hotmail also allows users to check emails from any separate email accounts; therefore, everything is in one place. However, Windows Live Hotmail lacks virtual folders and the spam filter is not up to par.

3. AOL Mail

AOL Mail is also a good alternative for Gmail. It provides unlimited storage space for emails and 16 MB attachment limit. IMAP is supported but POP3 is not. What other major email services provide, AOL Mail has them too. These include spam filters and reporting, virus scanning, image blocking, creating folders, custom filters, auto reply capabilities, mobile access and many more.

4. Thunderbird

Thunderbird is a multi-platform email client which automatically updates and protects users from phishing attacks. It comes with an easy installation. The program is striving hard to reduce any spam that strikes and new add-ons and plug-ins are being created all the time. Better features that suit users’ needs can be downloaded easily.

5. Inbox.com

Inbox.com offers a fast and efficient way for users to work with emails. It provides 5GB of storage space, and it has a nice interface and many attractive features. The spam and virus filters are very efficient and emails can be accessed through a desktop mail program using POP. Drag and drop and keyboard shortcuts make it very user-friendly. Inbox.com however, doesn’t support IMAP access and does not provide smart folders. It also does not support encrypted mail and digital signatures.

6. GMX

With GMX, all email accounts can be gathered into one. Mails can be accessed via mobile or web browser. The personal email account offers up to 5GB storage space and 50MB allotted for any one message. GMX’s servers run on renewable energy.

7. Bigstring

Bigstring provides a free email account for personal email. With a patent pending technology, Bigstring lets users to easily send, recall, erase, self-destruct and modify an email after it has been sent. A regular free email account has 2GB of storage space, video emails, large attachment capacity, automatic message highlighting, advanced spam and virus filtering, and advanced message sorting. Users have full control, including print control and storage control, and users can set the number of times that a recipient can read the email, or even print it.

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Comments (10)
Pete

Why on Earth have you listed Thunderbird as an alternative to Gmail?

Be honest you don't have a clue do you?

vinayak

Thanks for sharing all these information....

hexaae

It's wrong. Yahoo has IMAP:

imap-ssl.mail.yahoo.com

SSL port 993

hexaae

It's wrong. Yahoo has IMAP:

imap-ssl.mail.yahoo.com

SSL port 993

hexaae

It's wrong. Yahoo has IMAP:

imap-ssl.mail.yahoo.com

SSL port 993

Øystein Jakobsen

I'd like information about whether any of these will fall under the Patriot Act...meaning, I don't want the US reading my mails with impunity at will, especially without me being investigated or tried for a crime.

Are these US companies, have servers in the US or have US affiliates? Any way for Homeland Security (or whatever) to get their clammy hands on my communication?

Incredulous

You're joking right. Yahoo absolutely sucks. Slow as molasses which isn't helped by all those flashing ads. When I used it I had to click on the inbox etc links a bunch of times before it finally opens the page or it will just stop loading.

Thanks for sharing

I would love to keep apprised of any good Gmail competitors. This new Gmail is killing me. How hard is it for a competitor to ofer things like "undo send" and message threading, huh? I'd even pay a little bit for something with more options. if these exist in a mail provider other than Gmail, I'd love to know about it....

I would love to keep apprised of any good Gmail competitors. This new Gmail is killing me. How hard is it for a competitor to ofer things like "undo send" and message threading, huh? I'd even pay a little bit for something with more options. if these exist in a mail provider other than Gmail, I'd love to know about it....

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