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jamathis 02-24-2011 03:55 AM

Good free email providers
 
Does anyone know of any good free email providers with pop3 access? I like to use Thunderbird to read my email so this is a must. I am looking to get away from Gmail. I'm looking for something that doesn't store every bit of personal data on me. I don't think Yahoo, Lycos, and the like are good alternatives. Any suggestions?

AlucardZero 02-24-2011 06:00 AM

Your ISP?

jamathis 02-24-2011 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by AlucardZero (Post 4269547)
Your ISP?


Currently with Charter, but in two weeks I'm moving to an area that does not have Charter service.

Nylex 02-24-2011 06:41 AM

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Originally Posted by jamathis (Post 4269570)
Currently with Charter, but in two weeks I'm moving to an area that does not have Charter service.

I don't have any suggestions, but please don't assume that LQ members are in the same country as you, or know which country you're in. LQ members come from all over the world, so it's likely that they won't know about, e.g. ISPs available to you.

jamathis 02-24-2011 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Nylex (Post 4269573)
I don't have any suggestions, but please don't assume that LQ members are in the same country as you, or know which country you're in. LQ members come from all over the world, so it's likely that they won't know about, e.g. ISPs available to you.

I understand that, but I'm not looking for an ISP. I am looking for a webmail solution that is free, respects privacy (unlike Google), and has pop3 access. I am sure there is a webmail solution that fits those criteria regardless of it's country of origin.

eveningsky339 02-24-2011 07:56 AM

I use Gmail. Having access to Google's other services such as phone, blogs, etc is really nice. I don't care if Google reads the emails from mailing lists and some stupid survey company, because that's all I get these days.

That said, I used Yahoo for five years before Gmail and was very pleased with it.

AlucardZero 02-24-2011 08:05 AM

You will have an ISP where you move to, and it will almost certainly provide you with an email address. Is something wrong with that?

I use GMail, or I'd have a more useful suggestion for you.

jamathis 02-24-2011 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by AlucardZero (Post 4269633)
You will have an ISP where you move to, and it will almost certainly provide you with an email address. Is something wrong with that?

I use GMail, or I'd have a more useful suggestion for you.


There is nothing wrong with it per se. I like the convenience of not having my email address tied to an ISP in case I change ISPs.

SigTerm 02-24-2011 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by jamathis (Post 4269454)
Does anyone know of any good free email providers with pop3 access?

Top 18 free email services(about.com)

silvyus_06 02-24-2011 08:40 AM

ok i have another suggestion why not configure your own linux mail server?
i don't have any idea how that is done, but im pretty sure it's quite possible...

also, you could get a free webhost and make a email address@yourwebaddress.com/org/net/co.cc(is a free one)

there are lots of free webhosts, for example i have a webhost that offers 200GB for free just for me

dugan 02-24-2011 08:42 AM

Fastmail.

repo 02-24-2011 09:46 AM

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There is nothing wrong with it per se. I like the convenience of not having my email address tied to an ISP in case I change ISPs.
Why don't you buy a domain name, and forward the mail to your ISP's mail?
It's not that expensive.
Running a mail server, will cost you more.
If it must be free, you can use
http://www.linuxwaves.com/FREE_Email/

Kind redards

soplin 02-24-2011 09:55 AM

If privacy concerns you, try http://www.cryptoheaven.com/UserGuid...CryptoMail.htm

There was a similar service under the name of cryptomail.org. This service used to be free. I think this was the site that used illegal encryption so I don't know if your country would allow you to use it anyways.

anomie 02-24-2011 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by jamathis
Does anyone know of any good free email providers with pop3 access?

http://lavabit.com/

darkduck 02-24-2011 10:59 AM

If you have more or less static IP, why not register your own domain, and running it on your own server at home. You'll be in full confidence that is is fully yours. 8-)
At the same time you'll learn to admin mail server.

Other alternatives:
http://savedelete.com/10-alternatives-to-gmail.html
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=345626

at last, google for "gmail alternative".


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