Which Email Provider Is Best?
Since the inception of the Internet, one feature that has never gone away or showed signs of slowing down is email. It’s important to choose the best, and most reliable email provider for your needs.
There are basically three types of email providers to choose from:
- Free email from your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Free webmail services
- Professional email services
Email from your Internet service provider (ISP):
Your ISP (Comcast, CableVision, FIOS, RoadRunner, Direct TV, etc.) will likely provide a free email address with your service. I highly recommend that you do not use it.
These email services are notoriously outdated, and in many cases will not work properly with Microsoft Outlook or other popular email clients. More importantly, if your circumstances ever change and you move outside the coverage area of your ISP you’ll end up having to pay fees to keep your email, or else change your email address which is a pain since you’ll have to update everyone you know with the new address.
Free webmail services:
Free webmail works perfectly for most people’s needs. It allows you to easily check your e-mail from any internet browser or email client, and your e-mail address always stays the same – even if you have to move to a new state, or change computers. That said, you’ll want to choose a company that is around for the long haul – like Google’s Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Apple’s iCloud Mail, or Microsoft’s Hotmail.
I’ve created and used email accounts with all of the top providers, but I use Gmail most often, and I have since 1999.
Note: We do not recommend AOL Mail, as the AOL Desktop software is so poorly made that it can actually cause issues with your computer.
Professional email services:
Professional email services are offered to people (typically business-owners or entrepreneurs) that need custom email addresses like (firstname.lastname@example.org). A popular option my company uses is google’s gmail for business.
These require an initial setup that takes some know-how, as well as a monthly fee of about $5.00, but once created they are as convenient as free webmail, accessible from any browser, as well as from popular email clients like Outlook, or Apple Mail.
If you have further questions about email solutions, feel free to contact Brainy Beaver anytime!