When it comes to creating a new email account, most people go with Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo mail. But, there are so many email service providers on the internet who provide better email services for free. Gmail is the most popular service in the world, and there are many reasons why it always a people’s choice.

When I was comparing email providers for this article, I exclude the popularity factor from my list. Here, I’m going to list the best and secure email providers in the world. I compare features, security, mailbox storage, synchronization support for email clients and more other things that make an email provider best.

Following are the best email services in the world:

1. Gmail

Gmail is the best, free (ad-supported) email service in the world, offers up to 15 GB mailbox storage and high-level security to your inbox. The service has more than 1 billion active users worldwide, which is more than a social network like Twitter and Instagram.

Your Gmail email address ends with @gmail.com, or you can use a custom domain with Gmail for work.

The service supports 72 languages across the world. Users can access their emails through POP3, IMAP and SMTP protocols without subscribing Gmail for work.

Gmail app is available for Web, Android and iOS.


2. Outlook.com

Microsoft’s Outlook is one of the best email services in the world, founded in 1996. The service is free (ad-supported) and offers unlimited mailbox storage to all users. Outlook has more than 400 million active users worldwide, as of 2015.

Your Outlook email account address ends with @outlook.com or @hotmail.com, or you can use a custom domain by subscribing Outlook.com Premium. The email service supports 106 languages across the world. Outlook users can use POP3, IMAP and SMTP protocols for free.

You can connect multiple email provider accounts (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) with your Outlook.com inbox, and send/receive emails from one place.


3. Zoho Mail (Personal)

Zoho Mail service is absolutely free for personal users, even they didn’t display ads on free accounts. As a free user, you will get 5 GB mailbox storage and maximum 3 MB file attachment limit for your emails. Your Zoho email address ends with @zoho.com, or you can use a custom domain too. Free users can access POP3, IMAP and SMTP protocols.


4. Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo mail is a free (ad-supported) webmail service, offers 1 TB mailbox storage for each user. You can connect all of your email accounts (e.g., Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail and AOL) to your Yahoo inbox, and manage all inboxes from one place. The service allows all users to access POP3, IMAP and SMTP protocols for free. The maximum attachment limit per email in Yahoo mail is 25 MB.

Your Yahoo email address ends with @yahoo.com.


5. AOL Mail

AOL mail is a free (ad-supported) email service, offers unlimited mailbox storage and POP3, SMTP, IMAP access without any additional charges. The service didn’t offer any business emailing plans, only made for personal users. Your AOL email account address ends with @aol.com, @love.com, @ygm.com , @games.com, or @wow.com.

The maximum file attachment limit per in AOL mail is 25 MB.


6. iCloud

If you have a iOS device or a Mac, you will already know about the iCloud mail service from Apple. The service is absolutely free till 5 GB iCloud (or mailbox) storage, afterwards it will cost $ for additional storage. You can access iCloud mail from a web browser too, but you will need a iOS or macOS to setup a new mail account on iCloud.

You iCloud email account address ends with @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com. You can only access IMAP and SMTP protocols with iCloud, not POP3.


7. GMX Mail

GMX (Global Mail exchange or Global Message exchange) is a free email service offers, unlimited mailbox storage to GMX.com users and 1 GB storage to GMX.net users. If you sign up through GMX.com, your email address ends with @gmx.com.

The service supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4 protocol access. The maximum file attachment limit in GMX Mail is 20 MB for free users, but you can increase the limit to 50-100 MB by subscribing a paid plan.


8. Yandex Mail

Yandex mail is an absolutely free (no-ads) email service, offers unlimited mailbox storage to all users and 30 MB file attachment limit. Yandex is a Russian technology company, whose search engine is more popular than Google in Russia. The email service is absolutely awesome, and allows SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4 protocol access to all free users.

Your Yandex email account address ends with @yandex.com.


9. Mail.com

Mail.com and GMX mail are owned by the same company, and the email service from Mail.com is similar as GMX mail. Mail.com offers free (ad-supported) email service, unlimited mailbox storage and 50 MB file attachment limit.

The best thing about Mail.com is you can select an email address domain from more than 200 different domains, such as @mail.com, @email.com, @usa.com, etc., but the bad thing is  you can’t access SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4 protocols as a free user.


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