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I am refering to email hosting,if I have to get it through a commercial site that gives a hosting package I do not care. I just want to get an email service that is NOT under MS controll that is reliable, honest and doesn't require a cell phone number.
I would really appreciate some replys soon as this is inpacting my life right now.
I use two external email hosting services that are linked to domain names I registered with a domain registrar. They are both email hosting only, not web hosting. The registrar I use is Namecheap.
One service I use is the Open-Xchange (Ox-Mail) email package offered by Namecheap. It is their "personal mail" package. It's inexpensive, at only $2.99 per year for one email address. Availability is high, but there have been a few unplanned outages lasting anywhere from a few hours to nearly a day over the last 3 or 4 years. They've improved and gotten more stable in the last couple of years. They have good online doc, and their email and live technical support is decent. Namecheap is also a good domain registrar. I've never had any problems with them. I recommend them as a good low-cost option.
The other email service I use is everyone.net. It is geared toward small business. It is a lot more expensive than the Namecheap/Ox-Mail service. The least expensive option at everyone.net will run you just over $100 annually. I don't know if they are also a domain registrar. I just point one of my Namecheap domains to their mail servers. In the six or so years I've used them, I've never had a single outage or glitch of any kind. They are rock-solid stable and dependable. I highly recommend them if you need a professional quality service.
Both of these email services and the domain registrar require normal contact info and credit card info, just like any service provider you purchase services from. So that includes your telephone number. But neither one requires that you provide a cell phone number in order to use the email services you purchase from them. I believe you have the option of using PayPal instead of a credit card with Namecheap.
I'll summarize what you need to do if you want to use the Namecheap personal email package. It should be about the same process for any of the many similar services out there:
1) Purchase a domain name from Namecheap.
2) Purchase a WhoisGuard Privacy Protection package for your domain (it may come free with the new domain name for the first year). This substitutes proxy contact information managed by the registrar in place of your own name, address, and telephone number in the Whois registry. You probably don't need this if you are a business with a public address and contact info, but it is highly recommended otherwise.
3) Purchase one of the cloud email hosting packages (not a web hosting or web+email hosting package). You can get the basic personal email package free for the first year.
4) Once your domain name is available, go to Accounts > Manage Domains > Modify Domains, and set up the email hostname in the mail settings section. I think they have some automated setup options you can choose from, and there is good help information in their Knowledge Base.
5) Click the Ox-Mail Hosting link under E-Mail Management and set up your email account username and password.
6) Configure the inbound and outbound ports and server names in your client email software on your PC.