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Let's compile a list of Webmail services. Interesting points:

  • Storage?
  • How to access data if not using the browser?
  • Folders? Labels? Tags?
  • Search vs Sort?
  • ...

As always with such (list of ...) questions: One service per answer please. If you support one: vote!

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Google Mail (aka Gmail)

  • About 7.5 GB of storage
  • IMAP/SMTP/POP3/Exchange ActiveSync access
  • Mobile access
  • Mail Forwarding
  • Ability to send from different addresses
  • Import from Outlook
  • Organization: Labels and IMAP Folders
  • Signup process may require SMS or Voice Call
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Hotmail tells me "You have ever-growing storage." There's a link to the help that says "Windows Live Hotmail includes ever-growing storage to provide you with as much storage space as you need, provided that you send and receive a normal amount of e-mail. Your inbox capacity will automatically increase as you need more space." I don't pay for the service. My "SkyDrive" for photos and file storage allows up to 25GB. –  Bernhard Hofmann Jul 1 '10 at 6:01
Should there really be an accepted answer for a community wiki question--especially one that asks for a list and not a definitive answer? –  Emory Bell Jul 5 '10 at 4:48
I think you ought to add "unbeatable spam protection" as a feature since none of the other services I've used have remotely good spam filters. –  DisgruntledGoat Jul 12 '10 at 19:38


  • Up to 10 GB of storage
  • Mail Forwarding
  • Ability to send from different addresses
  • Import from Outlook
  • One time passwords (for use in web-cafes)
  • This is a pay-for service.
  • File Storage space included with account
  • Family and Business Accounts (Multiple addresses on single domain)


  • They have just been bought by Opera (As in Opera browsers)
  • I've been using them about 6 years.
  • They're really good.

  • Non-free

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  • Any address, any time
  • no passwords needed, but no privacy either
  • no signups

Plus, the mailinator blog has some really interesting approaches to system architecture.

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+1, hehe, interesting way of interpreting the question :) –  akira Jul 3 '10 at 6:03
It's email, via the web - fits the question perfectly! –  chris Jul 3 '10 at 13:16
yeah, i like it. –  akira Jul 9 '10 at 9:10

Yahoo! Mail

  • Unlimited Storage
  • POP3 or IMAP (see this for more info on IMAP)
  • Mobile access
  • Account deactivated after 4 months of inactivity

Yahoo! Mail Plus

  • Disposable Email Addresses
  • Forwarding
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POP3 for Yahoo! Mail? I think you have to have Mail Plus to do that. No? –  grokus Jul 14 '10 at 13:32


  • About 5 GB of e-mail storage, 2 GB extra for file storage
  • 50 MB limit per attachment
  • IMAP/POP3 access
  • Mobile access
  • Mail collector with ability to send from different addresses
  • Free and without ads
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Windows Live Hotmail

  • About 5 GB of storage
  • POP3/SMTP/DeltaSync/Exchange ActiveSync access
  • Mobile access

Windows Live Hotmail Plus

  • Forwarding
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Pop3? last I used hotmail you had to install a connector plugin to access your mail from your email client. –  keyoke Jul 1 '10 at 6:35
They did revise Live Hotmail recently, so you might want to check it out again ;-) –  Ivo Flipse Jul 1 '10 at 7:26


  • $99/year with 60 day free trial
  • 20 GB of email and file storage
  • Contacts, calendar, photo gallery, and iDisk for file sharing and backup
  • iPhone and iPad apps with beautiful interface
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Of course, this is now replaced with iCloud, which is free (if you have a Mac or iPhone or other Apple device). It does include (nice) webmail as well as native apps already on your device created by the same company. iDisk is dead (hello, iCloud syncing and/or Dropbox instead). –  Alan H. Nov 1 '11 at 2:16

I use Mail2Web which allows me to access my POP3 accounts and have a web access email. I also use Bigfoot for it's email handling capabilities.

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