10 Free POP and IMAP services you should be using today

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10 Free POP and IMAP services you should be using today

“Have you checked your e-mails yet?“ It is a very common question you hear almost every day. E-mails services are offered mostly for free, but the question is: which one would you choose?

Those e-mail services that are offered along with slow-loading pages and lots of ads?

Of course not, for some free e-mail services also offer POP or IMAP access, which means that you can download your messages to any e-mail program. These are some of the best and absolutely free POP and IMAP e-mail services that you can choose from:


1. Gmail.com

Gmail is a free web-based e-mail service that allows you to collect all your messages. Gmail is simple but very smart interface and lets you find them precisely and see them in context without effort. POP and powerful IMAP access bring Gmail to any email program or device. Gmail puts contextual advertising next to the emails you read.

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2. AIM Mail

AIM Mail is a free web-based e-mail service with 2 GB of online storage. AOL Mail has a very good spam protection and an easy to use interface. Although AIM Mail lacks a bit in productivity (has no labels, smart folders and message threading) but it has a very functional IMAP access.


3. GMX Mail

GMX Mail is a very reliable e-mail service filtered well of spam and viruses. GMX Mail has 5 GB of online storage you can use not only through a rich web interface but also via POP or IMAP from a desktop email program. It is absolutely a smart way to organize your e-mails with most advanced features.


4. Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! Mail is your updated email program on the web and mobile devices with unlimited storage, SMS texting, social networking and instant messaging to boot. Yahoo! Mail is generally joyful to use but free-form labeling and smart folders would be very nice, and the spam filter could catch junk even more effectively.


5. Outlook

Outlook is a free email service that gives you 5 GB of online storage, fast search, solid security, POP access and an interface easy as a desktop email program. Outlook does not go beyond folders. Moreover, its spam filter could be more effectieve and IMAP access to all online folders would be nice.


6. Zoho Mail

Zoho Mail is a solid email service with ample storage, POP and IMAP access, some integration with instant messaging and online office suites. Zoho Mail is aimed at professional users. However, Zoho Mail could definitely be even more helpful organizing mail, identifying key massages/contacts, and sending oft-used replies.


7. Lavabit

Lavabit is a solid, secure and privacy-conscious e-mail service that you can access using both POP or IMAP and a rudimentary web interface. It is a pity that Lavabit restricts statistical spam filtering to paid accounts and lacks a fully fledged web interface.


8. FastMail

FastMail is a great free email service with IMAP access, useful features, and a stellar web interface. Unfortunetaly, FastMail does not offer truly effective spam filtering for free accounts, and more storage space for all users.


9. Inbox.com

Inbox.com gives you 5 GB to store your mail online and also a highly polished, fast and functional way to access it via the web or through POP in your email program. Unfortunately, IMAP access is not supported by Inbox.com, and its tools for organizing mail could be improved with smart or self-teaching folders.


10. Gawab.com

Gawab.com is a stable and very usable free email service with 10 GB online space, POP and IMAP access as well as many a web-based goodie. However, it is a pity that Gawab.com’s IMAP implementation does not give you access to labels. It’s full message search is also missing from the web interface.


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