Types of Email Service

How to choose the right type of email service

WEB-BASED EMAIL

Web-based email services enable you to access your email via your web browser. You log into your email account via the Web to send and retrieve email. Free services usually feature banner ads, and often pop-ups as well.
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POP3 EMAIL

POP email services store your email on a remote server. You can connect to the server at any time and download your mail into your favourite email software package. Generally, with POP3 mail, you download all new messages in one operation onto your local computer.
TIP: You can use a web interface to access your POP3 account when you're travelling.
MORE INFO: Learn more about POP3 email
POP3 EMAIL PROVIDERS: See the full list of POP3 email services

IMAP EMAIL

IMAP email services offer extremely powerful control over your email. Like POP3 mail (above), IMAP works with your email client to retrieve email from a remote server. Unlike POP3, IMAP lets you have granular control over your email, since you can view message subjects before downloading them, and choose which emails to download on a case by case basis. IMAP will also allow you to synchronize your mail folders between your local computer and the IMAP server of your email provider, so that you will see the same folders and messages wherever you happen to log into your mailbox.
MORE INFO: Learn more about IMAP email
IMAP EMAIL PROVIDERS: See the full list of IMAP email services

EMAIL FORWARDING

Email forwarding services automatically redirect all email sent to your new email forwarding address to an existing email address that you specify, in essence passing the messages on instantly to their destination. Because forwarding services don't store your email, you'll need to have an alternate email address to act as the receiver account.
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EMAIL FORWARDING PROVIDERS: See the full list of email forwarding services

EMAIL PROVIDERS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Free email is global! Here is a wide selection of email providers offering their services in languages other than English...
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