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June 21, 2017
Having an email account is virtually a requirement if you use the Internet. Online banking, social media, multiplayer games and community groups all ask you for an email address.
Most readers probably already have one. But even if you do, it might be worth considering some of the popular alternatives. There are many reasons to change, including, more storage space, better reliability, better security and junk filtering, to name a few.
There is no need to pay a premium for a basic email service. Nor are all email services created equal.
There are a variety of factors you should probably consider when you choose your next email service:
When considering reviews, be aware that all services will get a few negative reviews once in a while.
You don't want to change email service frequently. So having a provider who won't disappear next week or next year is important. Remember that every time you change provider, you must update your details with everyone who uses the address.
Email is technically a very challenging service to get right - from the provider's point-of-view. Choose a larger provider with a good service history.
All the providers listed provide both web and application (POP, IMAP, SMTP) access to your mail - so you can use your mobile or laptop too.
In no particular order:
If you want greater flexibility, many of these providers have low-cost paid account upgrades. Advanced users can consider a vanity domain to provide freedom from any specific service provider.
Fortunately, there are a variety of free email service providers from which to choose. There is probably no reason to be 'stuck' if you are not satisfied.
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