Comparison of webmail providers

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The following tables and gallery compare general and technical information for a number of webmail providers. Please see the individual products' articles for further information.

General[edit]

General information on Webmail providers and products

ProductOwnerReleasedSoftware facility for webmailCostGratis account ad-free by defaultMailbox storageMaximum attachment limitSupported languagesSupported browsersPOP3[a] supportIMAP supportSMTP supportCryptographic protocol supportAccount expiration
(inactivity)
Use Own Domain
AOL MailAOL Inc.2004 AugProprietaryGratisNoUnlimited25 MBEnglishAllYesYesYesSSL6 months?
AtmailAtmail1998 DecProprietaryFrom $2 user/month[b]No10 GB50 MB10AllYesYesYesSSLUntil payment ends?
Bitmessage.ch??SquirrelMailGratisYes??EnglishAllYesYesYesSSL, I2P, Tor180 Days[1]?
FastMailFastmail Pty Ltd1999 JanProprietaryGratis or $10/year to $120/year (premium)[2]Yes250 MB to 60 GB10 to 50 MB[c]English, GermanAllYesYesYesSSL, TLS[4]4 months (guest), Until Payment EndsYes
GandiGandi SAS1999SquirrelMailincluded for bought domain namesYes1 GB+25 MBEnglish, FrenchAllYesYesYesSSL, TLS?Yes, required
GmailGoogle Inc2004 AprProprietaryGratis on gmail.com, $5/user/month on the user's domain[5]No15+ GB
(growing)[6]
25 MB[7] (10 GB per file via Google Drive)[8]71AllYesYesYesSSL, TLS, Exchange ActiveSync9 months[d]Yes, for $5/user/month option only
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
United Internet AG1997 JanProprietaryGratis or Paid (Promail/Topmail)NoUnlimited[10]50 MB3AllYesYesYesSSL, TLSGratis (6 months), until payment ends[11]?
HushmailHush Communications Ltd.1999 MayProprietaryGratis
$34.99 year (Premium)
Yes25 MB (Gratis), 1 GB+ (premium)20 MB per file, total 25 MB per mail[12]EnglishAllPaidPaidPaidSSL,TLSGratis (3 weeks), until payment ends?
iCloud[e]Apple Inc.2011 OctProprietaryGratis or $20/year, $40/Year, or $100/year[f]Yes5 GB (Gratis), 10, 20, or 50 GB yearly[g]20MB4iOS 5+, Safari, IE, Firefox, Chrome, iWork[15]No[16]Yes[16]Yes[16]SSL, TLS[16]Never?
LycosDaum1995 JanProprietaryGratis and limited to residents of: United States, US territories, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand
Premium: $19.95 yearly
No3 GB (Gratis)
5 GB
35 MBEnglishAllPlus onlyPlus onlyPlus onlySSL30 days[17]?
Mail.com[18]United Internet AG1995ProprietaryGratis or $3.95/month or $19.95/yearNoUnlimited50 MB3AllPaid onlyPaid onlyPaid onlySSLGratis (12 months),[19] until payment ends?
Mail.ruMail.ru1998 Jan[20]ProprietaryGratis
$5 monthly
NoUnlimited25 MB[h]4AllYesYesYesSSL6 monthsYes
Outlook.comMicrosoft1996 July (As Hotmail)
2012 July
ProprietaryGratis, Paid optionNo5 GB[22][23]25 MB (2 GB per file via OneDrive)106Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer[24]Yes[22]Yes[22]Yes[22]SSL,[22] Exchange ActiveSync[22]?No[25]
Ovi MailNokia2008 DecProprietaryGratis (provided by Yahoo!)No1 GB20 MB15Internet Explorer, Firefox, Ovi SuiteYesMobile only?SSL??
RackspaceRackspace Inc2007, OctProprietaryFrom $2 user/month[i]No25GB50 MB12Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet ExplorerYesYesYesSSLUntil payment ends?
RediffmailRediff1997ProprietaryGratis and paid: INR399 (US$6.60)/year for POP3; INR50 (83¢ US)/month for mobileYesUnlimited25 MB11AllINR399 (US$6.60)??No (only the user credentials are send ecrypted, browsing is insecured.)2 months (mails deleted), 3 months (deactivation)?
RunboxRunbox Solutions AS1999Proprietary$19.95 per year or $49.95 per year with email & web hostingNo10 GB[26]100 MB2AllYesYesYesSSLUntil payment endsYes
Virtual OfficeContactOffice Group S.A.2000ProprietaryGratis to €50/month[27]Yes500 MB to 15 GB500 MB8AllYesPaidPaidSSL12 monthsYes
Yahoo! MailYahoo!1997 OctProprietaryGratis
Yahoo! Mail Plus $49.99
No1TB[j]25 MB (150 MB per file via Dropbox)[29]27IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome[30]Most countries or YPOPs!Yes[k]YesSSL[32] except classic version.6 months
+2 months/yr active[33]
?
Yandex MailYandex LLC2000 JuneProprietaryGratis (Mail platform supported by Yandex)YesUnlimited[34]22 MB per file, total 30 MB per mail (2 GB per file via Yandex Disk)[35]6AllYesYesYesSSL, TLS, Exchange ActiveSync6 Months[36]Yes
ZohoZOHO Corporation2008 OctProprietaryGratis (personal) for 3 users; $24/user yearly; $36/user yearlyYes5 GB "Lite".
"Standard": 10 & 15 GB
20 MB16Firefox 2.0+, IE 6+, ChromeYesYesYesSSL120 days (Gratis account); Until payment endsYes, required
ProductOwnerReleasedSoftware facilityCostGratis account ad-free by defaultMailbox storageMaximum attachment limitSupported languagesSupported browsersPOP3[l] supportIMAP supportSMTP supportSSL supportAccount 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. ^ Additionally there are monthly total transfer ("bandwidth") limits.[3] e.g., 80 MB/month for the Gratis account (as of September 2009).
  4. ^ Gmail accounts may or may not be deleted after 9 months of inactivity. There is no guarantee they will remain after then.[9]
  5. ^ Must be an Apple (iPod, iPad, &c.) owner to obtain an account, but works on Windows, as well.
  6. ^ 15 GB cost $20/yr, 25 GB cost $40/yr, 55 GB cost $100/yr[13][14]
  7. ^ shared between file and email storage, customizable ratio
  8. ^ 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[21]
  9. ^ Requires minimum of 5 mailboxes.
  10. ^ Yahoo! Mail announced Gratis, 1TB of storage space for all its members, in October 2013.[28]
  11. ^ Also can be used on non-mobile devices via third-party software.[31]
  12. ^ 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 technologyClaimed privacy policies[b]
Search engineServer's location(s)Secure (SSL) webmailTor gateway availableTor browser allowedProxy gateway availableInternet censorship (countries)HTTP tracking cookiesPersonalized ads[c]IP address tracking[d]Information sharingBrowser/platform tracking
AOL MailUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
AtmailAustraliaYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Bitmessage.ch?Yes (default)YesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
FastMailAustraliaYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
GandiFrance [e]Yes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
GmailUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
GermanyYesNoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
HushmailCanadaYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
iCloud[f]USAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
LycosKoreaYesNoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Mail.com[37]GermanyYesNoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Mail.ruRussiaYesNoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Outlook.comUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Ovi MailFinlandYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
RackspaceUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
RediffmailIndiaYesNoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
RunboxNorwayYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Virtual OfficeBelgiumYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Yahoo! MailUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Yandex MailRussiaYes (default)NoYesUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
ZohoUSA / IndiaYesNoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
  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
NameFeatures
FastMail.FMOne time passwords;[38] Different From and "envelope from" addresses (no "on behalf of ..." issue);[39] spam filter; spam detection;[40] deletion of selected attachments.
GmailAccount verification via SMS or voice call in some countries;[41] Messages grouped into "conversations"; "Normal" view via Settings; Labels instead of folders; Undo send (implemented as a delayed send)
Outlook.comOne-time password, Mobile alerts, Account verification via SMS or voice call in some countries, Rules,[42] Messages grouped into "conversations", Scheduled Cleanup,[42] Filter to e.g. only see newsletters or Emails from contacts,[42] Recover deleted emails;[43]
Ovi MailAs of May 2011, content is provided by Yahoo![44]
RackspaceMix & Match Rackspace Email mailboxes with more expensive Hosted Exchange mailboxes
Rediffmailsign-in via Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, Mobile Sync; Indrive.
Yandex MailNo ads, email for own domains (Yandex PDD), scheduled email delivery, SMS verification, sign-in via Twitter, VK, Facebook, Google Profile
ZohoVarious Zoho applications, Google Apps support, sign-in via Facebook, Google, Google Apps, Yahoo!

Features[edit]

Service nameAutomatic forwardingE-mail client access14client E-mail for other serverIntegration with IM serviceDomain
Name
customization
Interface
script
technique
Virus scanningFilters out emails with executable attachmentsCustom "From:" AddressAddress modifiers (subaddressing)Server hosted public keyring (for encryption)Shared key encryption
AOL MailNoYes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Yes0AOL Instant MessengerNo1JavaScript/ AjaxYes
(McAfee)
No ?NoNo
Bigfoot CommunicationsPremium account onlyYes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Yes
(POP3 only)
XMPPYesHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYes?Yes ?NoNo
FastMail.FMPaid accounts onlyYes
(IMAP)7
Paid accounts
(POP3, Hotmail)
XMPPEnhanced and group (Business/ Family) accountsHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax (Optional user supplied custom css+JavaScript)Paid accounts
(ClamAV)
Configurable with user filtering rulesYes
Editable while composing + saved personalities
Yes
userid followed by "+" followed by tag available on all accounts; subdomain addressing (e.g. <tag>@<userid> .fastmail.fm) available on paid accounts
NoNo
GmailYesYes
(POP3, IMAP)
SSL/TLS supported
SMTP restricted18
Yes
(POP3 only)
Google Talkbeta (XMPP), AOL Instant MessengerYes
(Google Apps $5.00 monthly/ $50.00 annually)
HTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax2YesYes, including .exe files in zip filesYes, limited.
Feature restricted to preconfigured addresses. Addresses not registered in advance with Gmail are blocked.
Yes
userid followed by "+" followed by tag
NoNo
GMX MailNoYes
(POP3, IMAP17, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
XMPPYesHTML/ JavaScript/ AjaxYes
(McAfee and Symantec)
Yes, including .exe files in zip filesYesNoNoNo
HushmailNoExtra cost8?No$1.99/$3.99 monthly through Hushmail BusinessJava or HTMLNo but the text based email stops most viruses, PGP encryption ?Yes, unlimited email aliases for Premium members ?YesYes
Mail.comPremium accounts onlyYes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
Google Talk (XMPP)NoHTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax2YesYes, including .exe files in zip filesYesNoNoNo
Mail.ruYesYes
(POP3, IMAP)
Yes
(POP3 only)
customYes (Free, Mail.ru for Business supports up to 5000 mailboxes)HTML/ Ajax (Beta)Yes
(Kaspersky)
 ?Yes ?NoNo
Outlook.comYesPartial
(POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange Server, IMAP[45])3
Yes
(POP3 only)
Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Google Hangouts, Facebook ChatNo4HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYesYes, including .exe files in zip filesYesuserid followed by "+" followed by tag[46]NoNo
RackspaceYesYes
(POP3, IMAP)
SSL/TLS supported
SMTP restricted
?NoYesHTML/ JavaScript/ AjaxYesYes?NoNoNo
rediffNoPlus members only?Rediff BolYesJavaScript/ Ajax2Yes ?Yes ?NoNo
RunboxYesYes
(IMAP, POP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3, Hotmail, Gmail)
SSL/TLS supported
XMPP, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, ICQ, IRC[47]YesHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYes
(ClamAV)
If discarded by virus scannerYes
Selectable while composing; saved identities
Yes
userid followed by "+" or "-" followed by tag
NoNo
Seznam.czYesYes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
NoNoHTML/ JavaScriptYes
(ESET-NOD32)
 ?Yes ?NoNo
Yahoo! MailPlus accounts onlyYes
(POP3-Plus members only, but free in some countries, IMAP
SSL/TLS supported)
Yes
(POP3 only)
Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger$35 yearlyHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYes
(Norton AntiVirus)
Yes, including .exe files in zip filesYes
& only 10 addresses
Yes
alias userid (chosen by user) followed by "-" followed by tag
NoNo
Yandex MailYesYes (POP3, IMAP, SMTP, SSL)Yes
(POP3 only)
Ya Online, any XMPP IMYes (Free, Yandex PDD supports up to 1000 mailboxes without verification of legal use)HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYes
(Dr.Web[48])
Configurable or/and if discarded by antivirusYes, only from confirmed addresses[49]Yes
your e-mail address followed by "+" then followed by a suffix[50]
NoNo
ZohoYesYes (POP, IMAP, SMTP)Yes (POP)XMPP, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live MessengerYes (business accounts)AjaxYes ?Yes ?NoNo
Service nameAutomatic forwardingE-mail client access14client E-mail for other serverIntegration with IM serviceDomain
Name
customization
Interface
script
technique
Virus scanningFilters out emails with executable attachmentsCustom "From:" AddressAddress modifiersServer 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 7: IMAP only for free and Member accounts, IMAP and POP for Full and Enhanced

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

Note 9: Forwarding and POP3 access with "Platinum" ($34.95 yearly) and above

Note 10: Through Yahoo! Mail Plus ($19.99 yearly);[51] or through YPOPs!

Note 12: Free of charge, but web-mail only.

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

Note 15: Yahoo! Mail Plus ($19.99 yearly) features[52]

Note 16: Mobile-compatible, simplified HTML interface available for legacy browsers, users with JavaScript disabled, and users with mobile devices.

Note 17: IMAP only available for paid accounts.

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

Note 19: HTML-only backwards compatible.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://bitmessage.ch/faq.html
  2. ^ "FastMail service plans". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Why FastMail.FM tracks bandwidth
  4. ^ "Opportunistic SSL/TLS encryption on outgoing emails". FastMail.FM. 
  5. ^ "Google Apps Pricing". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Top 10 reasons to use Gmail - 6. Lots of space". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gmail: Maximum attachment size". Google.com. 
  8. ^ "Insert files using Google Drive in Gmail". 
  9. ^ ""Do Gmail accounts go dormant and expire?" Google Help Forum". 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  10. ^ "File Size is Never a Problem". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Help.hushmail.com
  13. ^ Storage Upgrade Options
  14. ^ iCloud pricing per year: $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB, $100 for 50GB (update: UK and EU prices)
  15. ^ iCloud: System requirements
  16. ^ a b c d iCloud: Mail server information. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  17. ^ http://info.lycos.com/resources/terms-of-service/mail
  18. ^ mail.com Gratis mail: State of the art in global communication
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Mail.Ru Group: Главная (Russian)
  21. ^ Объем почтового ящика - Mailbox quota (Russian) (Help information in Russian only.)
  22. ^ a b c d e f "Compare Outlook.com". Microsoft. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Hotmail/outlook storage issues". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Best browser for Outlook.com - Microsoft Windows Help". Microsoft. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Changes to custom domains with Outlook.com". Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  26. ^ Runbox: Feature list. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  27. ^ "Virtual office - Individual version". ContactOffice. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "we’re giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (that’s 1,000 GBs)"
  29. ^ https://www.dropbox.com/help/973/
  30. ^ Which browsers does Yahoo! Mail support? Yahoo! Help
  31. ^ Yahoo IMAP Connector
  32. ^ "How to secure Yahoo Mail Web sessions with SSL". CNET. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  33. ^ Do you close accounts due to inactivity? - Yahoo! Help
  34. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/?id=1114209
  35. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/letter/attach-files.xml
  36. ^ http://legal.yandex.com/rules/
  37. ^ mail.com free mail: State of the art in global communication
  38. ^ "Alternative Logins". FastMail.FM. 
  39. ^ "Personalities". FastMail.FM. 
  40. ^ "Backscatter". FastMail.FM. 
  41. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions on Account Verification via SMS or voice call". 
  42. ^ a b c http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/clean-inbox
  43. ^ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/recover-deleted-messages
  44. ^ [1] Ovi Mail migration to Yahoo
  45. ^ http://blogs.office.com/2013/09/12/outlook-com-now-has-imap/
  46. ^ Hotmail: One can organize their inbox using plus addresses. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  47. ^ Runbox: IM documentation. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  48. ^ http://help.yandex.ru/mail/
  49. ^ http://help.yandex.com/mail/?id=1114258
  50. ^ http://help.yandex.ru/mail/reg.xml
  51. ^ "How do I receive my Yahoo! Mail using a different email program? | Yahoo! Mail Classic Help". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  52. ^ "How does Yahoo! Mail Plus compare to free Yahoo! Mail?"