Apps that are offered free may sound attractive but most of them are slow with many ads interrupting your browsing. When it comes to choosing an email service provider, some free email services offer Free POP3 and IMAP Email Services. This means you can download your messages to any email program (such as Windows Live Mail, Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mac OS X Mail, or iOS Mail). And better still, you can still take advantage of the free web interface which is often faster. Here, are some of the best free POP3 email services and free IMAP email services you can choose from.
Gmail (Google Mail) – Free POP3 and IMAP
Gmail is an email service provided by Google. It offers unlimited free online storage which allows you to collect all your messages. Gmail’s simple but very smart interface lets you find your messages precisely and see them in context without stress. POP and powerful IMAP access bring Gmail to any email program or device. Gmail puts contextual advertising next to the emails you read.
Zoho Mail – Free POP3 and IMAP
Zoho Mail is a reliable email service with ample storage, POP and IMAP access, some integration with instant messaging, and online office suites.
Aimed at professional users, Zoho Mail could be even more helpful in organizing mail, identifying key messages and contacts, and sending oft-used replies.
Outlook Mail – Free POP3 and IMAP
Outlook Mail is a free email service provided by Microsoft. It’s not only a productive and capable email experience on the web, it can also be accessed via IMAP, POP.
Yahoo! Mail – Free IMAP and POP
While Yahoo! Mail is generally interesting to use, free-form labeling and smart folders would be nice.
AOL Mail – Free POP and IMAP
AOL Mail is also known as AIM Mail. This free web-based email service shines with unlimited online storage, efficient spam protection, and a rich, easy-to-use interface. Unfortunately, AOL Mail lacks a bit in productivity (no labels, smart folders, and message threading), but makes up for some of that with very functional IMAP (as well as POP) access.
iCloud Mail – Free IMAP
iCloud Mail is a free email service from Apple with online storage space, IMAP access, and an elegantly functional web application.
That interface at icloud.com does not offer labels or other more advanced tools for productivity and for organizing mail, though, and does not support accessing other email accounts. POP access to iCloud Mail is missing, too.
FreePOPs – Free Web-based Email to POP
FreePOPs is a highly flexible tool for accessing all kinds of resources — most prominently free web-based email accounts — in any email program through POP. The individual supported services could support more features, though, and configuring FreePOPs and its modules could be easier.
MacFreePOPs – Free Web-based Email to POP
MacFreePOPs makes it easy to run FreePOPs on a Mac and access web-based email services such as Windows Live Hotmail in desktop email programs such as Mac OS X Mail. In addition to running FreePOPs as a service, MacFreePOPs gives you an approachable interface for tweaking settings or even watching log files. But just like FreePOPs, MacFreePOPs also have the inability to send mail.