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 Gratis account ad-free by default Mailbox storage Maximum attachment limit Supported languages Supported browsers POP3[a] support IMAP support SMTP support Cryptographic protocol support Account expiration
(inactivity)
Use Own Domain
AOL Mail AOL Inc. 1993 Mar Proprietary Gratis No Unlimited 25 MB English All Yes Yes Yes SSL 6 months ?
Atmail Atmail 1998 Dec Proprietary From $2 user/month[b] N/A 10 GB 50 MB 10 All Yes Yes Yes SSL Until payment ends ?
Bitmessage.ch ? ? SquirrelMail Gratis Yes ? ? English All Yes Yes Yes SSL, I2P, Tor 6 months[1] ?
ContactOffice ContactOffice Group S.A. 2000 Proprietary 0€ to €50/month[2] Yes 500 MB to 15 GB 50 MB[3] 8 All Yes Paid Paid SSL 12 months Yes
FastMail Fastmail Pty Ltd 1999 Jan Proprietary $10/year to $120/year[4] N/A 250 MB to 60 GB 50 MB[5] English, German, French All Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS[6] After subscription expiry Yes, Enhanced and Premier plans
Gandi Gandi SAS 1999 SquirrelMail bundled with purchased domain names Yes 1 GB+ 25 MB English, French All Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS ? Yes, required
Gmail Google Inc 2004 Apr Proprietary 0$ on gmail.com, $5/user/month on the user's domain[7] No 15+ GB
(growing)[8]
25 MB[9] (10 GB per file via Google Drive)[10] 71 All Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS, Exchange ActiveSync 9 months[c] Yes, for $5/user/month option only
GMX Mail
(gmx.net)
United Internet AG, Germany 1997 Jan Proprietary Free[12] or Paid (3-5€/month) No 1 GB (free)[13]
5-10 GB (paid)
20 MB (free)
50-100 MB (paid)
German ? Yes Paid Yes -- 6 months or if payment stopped [2]
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
United Internet AG 1997 Jan Proprietary Free or Paid (Promail/Topmail) No Unlimited[14] 50 MB 3 All Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS 6 months (free), until payment ends[15] [3]
Hushmail Hush Communications Ltd. 1999 May Proprietary 0$
$34.99 year (Premium)
Yes 25 MB (free), 1 GB+ (premium) 20 MB per file, total 25 MB per mail[16] English All Paid Paid Paid SSL,TLS 3 weeks (free); until payment ends ?
iCloud[d] Apple Inc. 2011 Oct Proprietary 0$ or $20/year, $40/Year, or $100/year[e] Yes 5 GB (free), 10, 20, or 50 GB yearly[f] 20MB 4 iOS 5+, Safari, IE, Firefox, Chrome, iWork[19] No[20] Yes[20] Yes[20] SSL, TLS[20] Never ?
Lycos Daum 1995 Jan Proprietary free and limited to residents of: United States, US territories, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand
Premium: $19.95 yearly
No 3 GB (free)
5 GB
35 MB English All Plus only Plus only Plus only SSL 1 month[21] ?
Mail.com[22] United Internet AG 1995 Proprietary 0$ or $3.95/month or $19.95/year No Unlimited 50 MB 3 All Paid only Paid only Paid only SSL 12 months (free),[23] until payment ends ?
Mail.ru Mail.ru 1998 Jan[24] Proprietary 0$
$5 monthly
No Unlimited 25 MB[g] 4 All Yes Yes Yes SSL 6 months Yes
Outlook.com Microsoft 1996 July (As Hotmail)
2012 July
Proprietary Free, Paid option No Unlimited[26][27] 25 MB (Unlimited via OneDrive) 106 Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer[28] Yes[26] Yes[26] Yes[26] SSL,[26] Exchange ActiveSync[26] 270 days[29] No[30]
Ovi Mail Nokia 2008 Dec Proprietary Free (provided by Yahoo!) No 1 GB 20 MB 15 Internet Explorer, Firefox, Ovi Suite Yes Mobile only ? SSL ? ?
Rackspace Rackspace Inc 2007, Oct Proprietary From $2 user/month[h] N/A 25GB 50 MB 12 Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer Yes Yes Yes SSL Until payment ends Yes
Rediffmail Rediff 1997 Proprietary Free and paid: INR399 (US$6.30)/year for POP3; INR50 (79¢ US)/month for mobile Yes Unlimited 25 MB 11 All INR399 (US$6.30) ? ? No (only the user credentials are send ecrypted, browsing is insecured.) 2 months (mails deleted), 3 months (deactivation) ?
Runbox Runbox Solutions AS 1999 Proprietary $19.95 per year or $49.95 per year with email & web hosting N/A 10 GB[31] 100 MB[32] 2 All Yes Yes Yes SSL Until payment ends Yes
Yahoo! Mail Yahoo! 1997 Oct Proprietary Free
Yahoo! Mail Plus $49.99
No 1TB[i] 25 MB (150 MB per file via Dropbox)[34] 27 IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome[35] Most countries or YPOPs! Yes[j] Yes SSL[37] except classic version. 12 months[38] ?
Yandex Mail Yandex LLC 2000 June Proprietary Free (Mail platform supported by Yandex) Yes Unlimited[39] 22 MB per file, total 30 MB per mail (2 GB per file via Yandex Disk)[40] 6 All Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS, Exchange ActiveSync 6 Months[41] Yes
Zoho ZOHO Corporation 2008 Oct Proprietary 0$ (personal) for 3 users; $24/user yearly; $36/user yearly Yes 5 GB "Lite".
"Standard": 10 & 15 GB
20 MB 16 Firefox 2.0+, IE 6+, Chrome Yes Yes Yes SSL 4 months (free); Until payment ends Yes, required
Product Owner Released Software facility Cost Gratis account ad-free by default Mailbox storage Maximum attachment limit Supported languages Supported browsers POP3[k] support IMAP support SMTP support SSL 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 GratisPOPs.
  2. ^ Requires minimum of 5 mailboxes.
  3. ^ Gmail accounts may or may not be deleted after 9 months of inactivity. There is no guarantee they will remain after then.[11]
  4. ^ Must be an Apple (iPod, iPad, &c.) owner to obtain an account, but works on Windows, as well.
  5. ^ 15 GB cost $20/yr, 25 GB cost $40/yr, 55 GB cost $100/yr[17][18]
  6. ^ shared between file and email storage, customizable ratio
  7. ^ 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[25]
  8. ^ Requires minimum of 5 mailboxes.
  9. ^ Yahoo! Mail announced Gratis, 1TB of storage space for all its members, in October 2013.[33]
  10. ^ Also can be used on non-mobile devices via third-party software.[36]
  11. ^ In addition to the POP3 support listed here, almost all Web mail providers can be accessed with POP3 using the third-party tool GratisPOPs.

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 ? 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 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Hushmail Canada Yes (default) No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 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[42] Germany Yes No Unknown 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
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;[43] Different From and "envelope from" addresses (no "on behalf of ..." issue);[44] spam filter; backscatter detection;[45] deletion of selected attachments.
Gmail Account verification via SMS or voice call in some countries;[46] 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,[47] Messages grouped into "conversations", Scheduled Cleanup,[47] Filter to e.g. only see newsletters or Emails from contacts,[47] Recover deleted emails;[48]
Ovi Mail As of May 2011, content is provided by Yahoo![49]
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[50] 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 No Extra cost8 ? No $1.99/$3.99 monthly through Hushmail Business Java or HTML No but the text based email stops most viruses, PGP encryption  ? Yes, unlimited email aliases for Premium members  ? 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[51])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[52] No No
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[53] 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[54] 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[55])
Configurable or/and if discarded by antivirus Yes, only from confirmed addresses[56] Plus addressing[57] 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. ^ https://bitmessage.ch/faq.html
  2. ^ "Virtual office - Individual version". ContactOffice. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Virtual office - User guide - Messages. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "FastMail account pricing". Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  5. ^ FastMail account limits
  6. ^ "Opportunistic SSL/TLS encryption on outgoing emails". FastMail. 
  7. ^ "Google Apps Pricing". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Top 10 reasons to use Gmail - 6. Lots of space". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gmail: Maximum attachment size". Google.com. 
  10. ^ "Insert files using Google Drive in Gmail". 
  11. ^ ""Do Gmail accounts go dormant and expire?" Google Help Forum". 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  12. ^ GMX FreeMail
  13. ^ http://www.computerbase.de/news/2012-02/gmx-lockt-kunden-mit-groesserem-e-mail-postfach/ (German)
  14. ^ "File Size is Never a Problem". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ Help.hushmail.com
  17. ^ Storage Upgrade Options
  18. ^ iCloud pricing per year: $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB, $100 for 50GB (update: UK and EU prices)
  19. ^ iCloud: System requirements
  20. ^ a b c d iCloud: Mail server information. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  21. ^ http://info.lycos.com/resources/terms-of-service/mail
  22. ^ mail.com Gratis mail: State of the art in global communication
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Mail.Ru Group: Главная (Russian)
  25. ^ Объем почтового ящика - Mailbox quota (Russian) (Help information in Russian only.)
  26. ^ a b c d e f "Compare Outlook.com". Microsoft. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Hotmail/outlook storage issues". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Best browser for Outlook.com - Microsoft Windows Help". Microsoft. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  29. ^ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/answers?tId=252611c1-94d6-4b48-974c-005038ea46f7
  30. ^ "Changes to custom domains with Outlook.com". Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  31. ^ Runbox: Feature list. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  32. ^ Runbox: Account Features and Quotas. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  33. ^ "we're giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (that's 1,000 GBs)"
  34. ^ https://www.dropbox.com/help/973/
  35. ^ Which browsers does Yahoo! Mail support? Yahoo! Help
  36. ^ Yahoo IMAP Connector
  37. ^ "How to secure Yahoo Mail Web sessions with SSL". CNET. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  38. ^ Reactivate a deleted Yahoo account at yahoo.com ("you must sign-in at least once every 12 months")
  39. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/?id=1114209
  40. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/letter/attach-files.xml
  41. ^ http://legal.yandex.com/rules/
  42. ^ mail.com free mail: State of the art in global communication
  43. ^ "Alternative logins". FastMail. 
  44. ^ "Personalities". FastMail. 
  45. ^ "Backscatter". FastMail. 
  46. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions on Account Verification via SMS or voice call". 
  47. ^ a b c http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/clean-inbox
  48. ^ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/recover-deleted-messages
  49. ^ [1] Ovi Mail migration to Yahoo
  50. ^ Plus addressing and subdomain addressing
  51. ^ http://blogs.office.com/2013/09/12/outlook-com-now-has-imap/
  52. ^ Hotmail: One can organize their inbox using plus addresses. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  53. ^ Runbox: IM documentation. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  54. ^ "Automatically forward emails with Yahoo Mail". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  55. ^ http://help.yandex.ru/mail/
  56. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/?id=1114258
  57. ^ http://help.yandex.ru/mail/reg.xml