Comparison of webmail providers

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The following tables and gallery compare general and technical information for a number of webmail providers.

General[edit]

General information on webmail providers and products

Product Owner Released Software facility for webmail Cost Mailbox storage Maximum attachment limit Supported languages POP3[a] support IMAP support SMTP support Cryptographic protocol support Account expiration
(inactivity)
Use Own Domain
AOL Mail AOL Inc. 1993, Mar Proprietary Free (Ad) Unlimited 25 MB English Yes Yes Yes SSL 6 months ?
ContactOffice ContactOffice Group S.A. 2000 Proprietary Free to €50/month[1] 500 MB to 15 GB 50 MB[2] 8 Yes Paid Paid SSL 12 months Yes
FastMail Fastmail Pty Ltd 1999, Jan Proprietary $10/year to $120/year[3] 250 MB to 60 GB 50 MB[4] English, German, French Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS[5] After subscription expiry Yes, Enhanced and Premier plans
Gmail Google Inc 2004, Apr Proprietary Free (Ad), $5/user/month on the user's domain[6] 15+ GB
[7]
25 MB[8] (10 GB per file via Google Drive)[9] 71 Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS 9 months[b] Yes, for $5/user/month option only
GMX Mail
(gmx.net)
United Internet AG, Germany 1997, Jan Proprietary Free (Ad)[11] or Paid (3-5€/month) 1 GB (free)[12]
5-10 GB (paid)
20 MB (free)
50-100 MB (paid)
German Yes Paid Yes -- 6 months or if payment stopped ?
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
United Internet AG 1997, Jan Proprietary Free (Ad) or Paid (Promail/Topmail) Unlimited[13] 50 MB 3 Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS 6 months (Free), Until payment ends[14] ?
Hushmail Hush Communications Ltd. 1999, May Proprietary Free (No Ad)
$34.99 year (Premium)
$49.98 year (Premium+Desktop)[15]
25 MB (Free), 1 GB (Premium), 10 GB (Premium+Desktop) 20 MB per file, total 25 MB per mail[16] English Paid Paid Paid SSL,TLS 3 weeks (Free); Until payment ends Yes
iCloud[c] Apple Inc. 2011, Oct Proprietary 0$ or $0.99/month, $3.99/month, $9.99/month or $19.99/month[d] 5 GB (Free), 20, 200, 500 GB or 1 TB monthy[e] 20MB 4 No[19] Yes[19] Yes[19] SSL, TLS[19] Never ?
Lycos Daum 1995, Jan Proprietary Free (Ad) and limited to some country.
Premium: $19.95 yearly
3 GB (free)
5 GB
35 MB English Plus only Plus only Plus only SSL 1 month[20] ?
Mail.com[21] United Internet AG 1995 Proprietary Free (Ad) or $3.95/month or $19.95/year Unlimited 50 MB 3 Paid only Paid only Paid only SSL 12 months (Free),[22] until payment ends ?
Mail.ru Mail.ru 1998, Jan[23] Proprietary Free (Ad) or $5 monthly Unlimited 25 MB[f] 4 Yes Yes Yes SSL 6 months (Free), Until payment ends Yes
Outlook.com
(Live Mail/Hotmail)
Microsoft 1996, July (As Hotmail)
2012,July (As Outlook)
Proprietary Free (Ad), Paid option Unlimited[25][26] 25 MB (Unlimited via OneDrive) 106 Yes[25] Yes[25] Yes[25] SSL,[25] Exchange ActiveSync[25] 270 days[27] No[28]
ProtonMail Proton Technologies AG 2013 Open-source Free (No Ad), Multi-tiered pricing 500MB Unknown English No No Yes SSL Never No
Rackspace Rackspace Inc 2007, Oct Proprietary From $2 user/month[g] 25GB 50 MB 12 Yes Yes Yes SSL Until payment ends Yes
Rediffmail Rediff 1997 Proprietary Free (Ad) and Paid: INR399 (US$6.30)/year for POP3; INR50 (79¢ US)/month for mobile Unlimited 25 MB 11 INR399 (US$6.30) ? ? No (only the user credentials are send encrypted, browsing is insecure.) 2 months (Mailbox deletion), 3 months (Deactivation) ?
Runbox Runbox Solutions AS 1999 Proprietary $19.95 per year or $49.95 per year with email & web hosting 10 GB[29] 100 MB[30] 2 Yes Yes Yes SSL Until payment ends Yes
Yahoo! Mail Yahoo! 1997, Oct Proprietary Free (Ad)
Yahoo! Mail Plus $49.99
1TB[h] 25 MB (150 MB per file via Dropbox)[32] 27 Most countries or YPOPs! Yes[i] Yes SSL[34] except classic version. 12 months[35] ?
Yandex Mail Yandex LLC 2000, June Proprietary Free ( No Ad) Unlimited[36] 22 MB per file, total 30 MB per mail (2 GB per file via Yandex Disk)[37] 6 Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS, Exchange ActiveSync 24 Months[38] Yes
Zoho ZOHO Corporation 2008, Oct Proprietary Personal Free (No Ad); premium options $24 to $99/user yearly 5 GB "Lite".
"Standard": 10 & 15 GB
20 MB 16 Yes Yes Yes SSL 4 months (Free); Until payment ends Yes
Product Owner Released Software facility for webmail Cost Mailbox storage Maximum attachment limit Supported languages POP3[j] support IMAP support SMTP support Cryptographic protocol support Account expiration
(inactivity)
Use Own Domain

Notes

  1. ^ In addition to the POP3 support listed here, almost all Web mail providers can be accessed with POP3 using the third-party tool FreePOPs.
  2. ^ Gmail accounts may or may not be deleted after 9 months of inactivity. There is no guarantee they will remain after then.[10]
  3. ^ Must be an Apple (iPod, iPad, &c.) owner to obtain an account, but works on Windows, as well.
  4. ^ 20 GB cost $0.99/month, 200 GB cost $3.99/month, 500 GB cost $9.99/month or 1 TB cost $19.99/month[17][18]
  5. ^ shared between file and email storage, customizable ratio
  6. ^ When a user's mail box contains more than 500 MB, they will receive an email with a proposal to increase the volume by 2 GB by solving a CAPTCHA[24]
  7. ^ Requires minimum of 5 mailboxes.
  8. ^ Yahoo! Mail announced Gratis 1TB of storage space for all its members, in October 2013.[31]
  9. ^ Also can be used on non-mobile devices via third-party software.[33]
  10. ^ In addition to the POP3 support listed here, almost all Web mail providers can be accessed with POP3 using the third-party tool FreePOPs.

Digital rights[edit]

Verified privacy and legal defense[a] Verified (possibly) neutral technology Claimed privacy policies[b]
Product Server's location(s) Secure (SSL) webmail Tor gateway available Tor browser allowed Proxy gateway available Internet censorship (countries) HTTP tracking cookies Personalized ads[c] IP address tracking[d] Information sharing Browser/platform tracking
AOL Mail USA Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Atmail Australia Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Bitmessage.ch Switzerland[39] Yes (default) Yes Yes No No No No No No No
FastMail USA, Iceland Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Gandi France [e] Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Gmail USA Yes (default) No No No Unknown Yes Yes  Possible Yes Yes
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
Germany Yes No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Hushmail Canada Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No Unknown No Unknown
iCloud[f] USA Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Lycos Korea Yes No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mail.com[21] Germany Yes No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mail.ru Russia Yes No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Outlook.com USA Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Ovi Mail Finland Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
ProtonMail Switzerland Yes (default) No Yes No No No No No No No
Rackspace USA Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Rediffmail India Yes No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Runbox Norway Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Virtual Office Belgium Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Yahoo! Mail USA Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Yandex Mail Russia Yes (default) No Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zoho USA / India Yes No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
  1. ^ This information can be verified by anyone with access to internet. Servers location play role in a investigation and serves thereof for legal defense
  2. ^ Statement cannot be verified to be actual true as the information is handled by servers not accessed by the public
  3. ^ For services hosted by companies that also own web search engines: The results of ads are arranged for the user in accordance to his/her interests as determined from previous search queries or other information available to the search engine.
  4. ^ Tracking the user is not necessarily bad faith behaviour – it has to be conducted in order to provide personalized search results.
  5. ^ Have servers in use, but all email hosted in Paris according to email conversation with their CEO.
  6. ^ Must be an Apple (iPod, iPad, &c.) owner to obtain an account, but works on Windows, as well.

Unique features[edit]

Unique features in webmail products
Name Features
FastMail One time passwords;[40] spam filter; backscatter detection;[41] deletion of selected attachments. Android and IPhone apps.
Gmail Account verification via SMS or voice call in some countries;[42] Messages grouped into "conversations"; "Normal" view via Settings; Labels instead of folders; Undo send (implemented as a delayed send)
Outlook.com One-time password, Mobile alerts, Account verification via SMS or voice call in some countries, Rules,[43] Messages grouped into "conversations", Scheduled Cleanup,[43] Filter to e.g. only see newsletters or Emails from contacts,[43] Recover deleted emails;[44]
Ovi Mail As of May 2011, content is provided by Yahoo![45]
ProtonMail Client-side encryption, email expiration, automatic encryption for ProtonMail-ProtonMail emails, optional email encryption for messages from ProtonMail to other providers
Rackspace Mix & Match Rackspace Email mailboxes with more expensive Hosted Exchange mailboxes
Rediffmail sign-in via Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, Mobile Sync; Indrive.
Yandex Mail No ads, email for own domains (Yandex PDD), scheduled email delivery, SMS verification, sign-in via Twitter, VK, Facebook, Google Profile
Zoho Various Zoho applications, Google Apps support, sign-in via Facebook, Google, Google Apps, Yahoo!

Features[edit]

Service name Automatic forwarding Email client access14 Client email for other server Integration with IM service Domain
Name
customization
Interface
script
technique
Virus scanning Filters out emails with executable attachments Custom "From:" Address Address modifiers (subaddressing) Server hosted public keyring (for encryption) Shared key encryption
AOL Mail No Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Yes0 AOL Instant Messenger No1 JavaScript/ Ajax Yes
(McAfee)
No  ? No No
Bigfoot Communications Premium account only Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Yes
(POP3 only)
XMPP Yes HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax Yes ? Yes  ? No No
FastMail Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Yes
(POP3 only)
XMPP Enhanced, Premier, and all Business and Family plans HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax Yes Configurable with user filtering rules Yes Plus addressing and subdomain addressing[46] No No
Gmail Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP)
SSL/TLS supported
SMTP restricted18
Yes
(POP3 only)
Google Talkbeta (XMPP), AOL Instant Messenger Yes
(Google Apps $5.00 monthly/ $50.00 annually)
HTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax2 Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes, limited.
Feature restricted to preconfigured addresses. Addresses not registered in advance with Gmail are blocked.
Plus addressing No No
GMX Mail No Yes
(POP3, IMAP17, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
XMPP Yes HTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax Yes
(McAfee and Symantec)
Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes No No No
Hushmail Supported in Hushmail Business accounts Extra cost8 ? No Supported in Hushmail Business accounts HTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax Yes  ? Yes, unlimited email aliases for paid subscribers No Yes Yes
Mail.com Premium accounts only Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
Google Talk (XMPP) No HTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax2 Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes No No No
Mail.ru Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP)
Yes
(POP3 only)
custom Yes (Free, Mail.ru for Business supports up to 5000 mailboxes) HTML/ Ajax (Beta) Yes
(Kaspersky)
 ? Yes  ? No No
Outlook.com Yes Partial
(POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange Server, IMAP[47])3
Yes
(POP3 only)
Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Google Hangouts, Facebook Chat No4 HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes Plus addressing[48] No No
ProtonMail No No Unknown No No JavaScript/Ajax No No Yes No Yes Yes
Rackspace Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP)
SSL/TLS supported
SMTP restricted
? Yes Yes HTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax Yes Yes ? No No No
rediff No Plus members only ? Rediff Bol Yes JavaScript/ Ajax2 Yes  ? Yes  ? No No
Runbox Yes Yes
(IMAP, POP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3, Hotmail, Gmail)
SSL/TLS supported
XMPP, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, ICQ, IRC[49] Yes HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax Yes
(ClamAV)
If discarded by virus scanner Yes
Selectable while composing; saved identities
Plus addressing (using "+" or "-") No No
Seznam.cz Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
No No HTML/ JavaScript Yes
(ESET-NOD32)
 ? Yes  ? No No
Yahoo! Mail Yes[50] Yes
(POP3-Plus members only, but free in some countries, IMAP
SSL/TLS supported)
Yes
(POP3 only)
Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger $35 yearly HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax Yes
(Norton AntiVirus)
Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes
& only 10 addresses
Plus addressing (using "-" only) No No
Yandex Mail Yes Yes (POP3, IMAP, SMTP, SSL) Yes
(POP3 only)
Ya Online, any XMPP IM Yes (Free, Yandex PDD supports up to 1000 mailboxes without verification of legal use) HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax Yes
(Dr.Web[51])
Configurable or/and if discarded by antivirus Yes, only from confirmed addresses[52] Plus addressing[53] No No
Zoho Yes Yes (POP, IMAP, SMTP) Yes (POP) XMPP, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger Yes (business accounts) Ajax Yes  ? Yes  ? No No
Service name Automatic forwarding Email client access14 Client email for other server Integration with IM service Domain
Name
customization
Interface
script
technique
Virus scanning Filters out emails with executable attachments Custom "From:" Address Address modifiers Server hosted public keyring (for encryption) Shared key encryption

Note 0: Through AOL Easy Transfer

Note 1: Through AOL My eAddress

Note 2: HTML interface available for legacy browsers or users with JavaScript disabled

Note 3: Since March 12, 2009, POP3 technology rolled out to Windows Live Hotmail customers worldwide. Additionally, the proprietary DeltaSync-protocol is available.

Note 4: Through Windows Live Custom Domains

Note 8: IMAP access available for $14.99 for the first year and $29.99 yearly thereafter

Note 14: Most mail services that do not support POP3 access can be accessed through the FreePOPs mail proxy software.

Note 17: IMAP only available for paid accounts.

Note 18: Gmail restricts the FROM field to registered addresses. e.g. Disposable addresses forbidden.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virtual office - Individual version". ContactOffice. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Virtual office - User guide - Messages. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "FastMail account pricing". Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  4. ^ FastMail account limits
  5. ^ "Opportunistic SSL/TLS encryption on outgoing emails". FastMail. 
  6. ^ "Google Apps Pricing". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Top 10 reasons to use Gmail - 6. Lots of space". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gmail: Maximum attachment size". Google. 
  9. ^ "Insert files using Google Drive in Gmail". 
  10. ^ ""Do Gmail accounts go dormant and expire?" Google Help Forum". 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  11. ^ GMX FreeMail
  12. ^ http://www.computerbase.de/news/2012-02/gmx-lockt-kunden-mit-groesserem-e-mail-postfach/ (German)
  13. ^ "File Size is Never a Problem". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  14. ^ GMX.com: 13. Term and Termination: 13.3. You agree that in the event that GMX determines, in its sole discretion, that you have not logged in for more than six months, GMX may [...] erase such materials from GMX's Equipment
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Help.hushmail.com
  17. ^ Storage Upgrade Options
  18. ^ iCloud pricing per year: $0.99 for 20GB, $3.99 for 200GB, $9.99 for 500GB or $19.99 for 1TB (update: UK and EU prices)
  19. ^ a b c d iCloud: Mail server information. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  20. ^ http://info.lycos.com/resources/terms-of-service/mail
  21. ^ a b mail.com Gratis mail: State of the art in global communication
  22. ^ Mail.com: 2. TERM AND TERMINATION: 2.4 If your account is not a Premium Services account it may be suspended after twelve months of inactivity.
  23. ^ Mail.Ru Group: Главная (Russian)
  24. ^ Объем почтового ящика - Mailbox quota (Russian) (Help information in Russian only.)
  25. ^ a b c d e f "Compare Outlook.com". Microsoft. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Hotmail/Outlook storage issues". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  27. ^ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/answers?tId=252611c1-94d6-4b48-974c-005038ea46f7
  28. ^ "Changes to custom domains with Outlook.com". Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  29. ^ Runbox: Feature list. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  30. ^ Runbox: Account Features and Quotas. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  31. ^ "We're giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (that's 1,000 GBs)"
  32. ^ https://www.dropbox.com/help/973/
  33. ^ Yahoo IMAP Connector
  34. ^ "How to secure Yahoo Mail Web sessions with SSL". CNET. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  35. ^ Reactivate a deleted Yahoo account at yahoo.com ("you must sign-in at least once every 12 months")
  36. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/?id=1114209
  37. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/letter/attach-files.xml
  38. ^ http://legal.yandex.com/rules/
  39. ^ https://bitmessage.ch/terms.html
  40. ^ "Alternative logins". FastMail. 
  41. ^ "Backscatter". FastMail. 
  42. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions on Account Verification via SMS or voice call". 
  43. ^ a b c http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/clean-inbox
  44. ^ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/recover-deleted-messages
  45. ^ [2] Ovi Mail migration to Yahoo
  46. ^ Plus addressing and subdomain addressing
  47. ^ http://blogs.office.com/2013/09/12/outlook-com-now-has-imap/
  48. ^ Hotmail: One can organize their inbox using plus addresses. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  49. ^ Runbox: IM documentation. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  50. ^ "Automatically forward emails with Yahoo Mail". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  51. ^ http://help.yandex.ru/mail/
  52. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/?id=1114258
  53. ^ http://help.yandex.ru/mail/reg.xml