Recently I put up a poll on my blog asking readers about the most popular and best E-Mail service. No surprises here, 75% of the votes went to GMail and Yahoo second with 18% of the votes. Here I have done a comparison of top 5 web based free e-mail services.
- GMail: Gmail is Google’s answer to e-mail services and by far one of the best services so far. Gmail offers 3GB of storage space and increasing.
The attachment size supported by GMail is 20 MB. GMail supports POP access and it has an excellent spam filter. Messages can be arranged using the label feature. One thing missing in GMail is the option to create folders and arrange mails. Chat featureis also integrated with GMail.
- YahooMail: Yahoo mail is one of the oldest mail services. Yahoo offers 1GB of storage space and Yahoo recently announced about Yahoo mail having unlimited storage space.
Yahoo Mail allows attachments upto 10MB. Yahoo Mail beta has a good Ajax based interface. It also allows arranging mails using the folder option.
- Windows Live Mail: Windows live mail, which was initially the Hotmail service, is currently in beta phase. Live mail offers 2GB storage space and also has an Ajax based interface with folder support.
Another feature of Windows Live mail is the theme support for mailbox, you can customize the mailbox with available themes. Live mail is available in 36 languages.
- Inbox.com: Inbox offers access to your mails either through web or through POP access.
It offers 5GB of storage space for US, UK and Canada residents and 2GB for rest of the world. It allows you to send attachments upto 20MB. Inbox offers fast and functional mail service and the only disadvantage is that a credit card is required for verification, although they don’t charge any fee. Inbox has online storage space in-built within the e-mail. Inbox also has an Ajax based UI.
- Lycos Mail: Lycos mail offers 3GB of storage space with an unlimited attachment size.
It also has an advanced spam filtering and protection. Only disadvantage is that it deletes accounts if there is no activity for 30 days or more.
If you know any other prominent mail services which offers good features, do share it in the comments.