Who should read this article
If you`re looking for a professional email service and you`re willing to pay a small amount of money for this service I have a personal recommendation. Please note that I am not affiliated with a service or company. The following information is based on my experience from last 10 years with several paid email providers.
Free email providers
I know, free email services sucks if you have the money and you want something that will load fast and it`s stable. I mean, you`re willing to pay some money so it should be damn stable, you`re not going to loose your emails. There are a couple of alternatives but I am going to show you what I like and NO (again), nobody paid me for writing this article. I am going to talk only from my personal experience. If you have to use a free email provider, my current recommendation is GMAIL.
I recommend you to choose from the following three suggestions: ISP email, webhosting services and dedicated email provider. I will “analyze” all of them (without getting to much in details).
1. You could use your ISP provider email
Since you`re paying for an Internet connection, most ISP’s (Internet Service Provider) will “give” a free email address that should not contain any advertisements, if they run advertisements it sucks, I know. However, some of them are serious enough not to annoy their customers with advertisement. In fact, you already pay for their service. In USA I know about Comcast, EarthLink, Juno, NetZero (same with Juno - it`s the United Online company I guess), Road Runner (RR), Cox and there are many others but I am not going to list all of them here.
If you already tried your ISP email and you don`t like it, move to the next alternative
2. You could purchase a domain name with a webhosting package
Yes, this could be an option especially when you pay around $ 100 or less/ year for your own website with your own email. Your email could look like this:
john @ johncompany . com or john @ mycompany . net
It would look good but it depends if you need such an email. If you intend to run a small business this would be one of the best things to do. For maximum safety, you could forward your email address to a free one such as GMAIL, just in case that something bad happens. At least you won’t loose your contacts. From where? There are several webhosting companies with low prices such as:
Those are only a couple of them with affordable prices (make your own research and read reviews about them before buying anything from them - don`t say that I didn`t warned you). I currently use HostGator but I heard good things about the others too.
If this is not a solution for you, check the last alternative.
3. Buy an email from a company that provides only paid email addresses.
My favorite company that provides paid email services is FastMail.fm although it was purchased by those from Opera.com and I don`t know if this will change their quality. Yes, I have one email address at them and I am using it since 2003 which means almost 10 years. Fastmail.FM never disappointed me, not a single failure. Back in 2003 I was using a dial-up connection and when I was logging in their email it was fast, light-speed compared with other email providers.
This is their address: https://www.fastmail.fm
They have many features. I would recommend you to signup as a free user and see if you like what you see. If you like their email you may want to upgrade this email address or create a new paid one from the start. It will work both ways.
For personal emails you would have to choose from 3 plans (you don`t need any domain names, you will use one of them). As you can see, they offer four different plans. As I already said, try the guest account. Create one account in less than 1 minute and see if you like what you see. I personally use the "Enhanced" plan, I need a lot of space so this was my personal choice. If you need to run a business, check their paid plans for business, I did not included a second screenshot with them.
I hope they will never change. This is the best email service that I know and when I said that, I was talking about a company that exists since 1999 which is something. I wouldn`t consider a company that has 1-2 years old in this niche. Everyone could buy a webhosting package and install a mail application, there are many of them. The Internet is full of such fake reliable email providers. NO, I am talking about Fastmail because I was using them since 2003 and they never disappointed me, not even once in 10 years. As I said, they were acquired by Opera.com and I don`t know if this will be something good or bad. Try a free user, check all of their features and services and see if you like them. You can pay on a monthly basis so you have nothing to lose. It`s exactly what I did and that`s why I was thinking at this article. One last thing: there are no shiny graphics for a good reason. To keep their services blazing fast, even for dial-up or slow Internet Connections.