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 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
Use Own Domain
AOL MailAOL Inc.2004 AugProprietaryGratisNoUnlimited25 MBEnglishAllYesYesYesSSL6 months?
AtmailAtmail1998 DecProprietaryFrom $2 user/month[b]No10 GB50 MB10AllYesYesYesSSLUntil payment ends?, 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, $5/user/month on the user's domain[5]No15+ GB
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
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]?[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
Use Own Domain


  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 (default)YesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
FastMailAustraliaYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
GandiFrance [e]Yes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
GmailUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
GMX Mail
HushmailCanadaYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
iCloud[f]USAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Outlook.comUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Ovi MailFinlandYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
RackspaceUSAYes (default)NoUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
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
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!


Service nameAutomatic forwardingE-mail client access14client E-mail for other serverIntegration with IM serviceDomain
Virus scanningFilters out emails with executable attachmentsCustom "From:" AddressAddress modifiers (subaddressing)Server hosted public keyring (for encryption)Shared key encryption
AOL MailNoYes
Yes0AOL Instant MessengerNo1JavaScript/ AjaxYes
No ?NoNo
Bigfoot CommunicationsPremium account onlyYes
(POP3 only)
XMPPYesHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYes?Yes ?NoNo
FastMail.FMPaid accounts onlyYes
Paid accounts
(POP3, Hotmail)
XMPPEnhanced and group (Business/ Family) accountsHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax (Optional user supplied custom css+JavaScript)Paid accounts
Configurable with user filtering rulesYes
Editable while composing + saved personalities
userid followed by "+" followed by tag available on all accounts; subdomain addressing (e.g. <tag>@<userid> available on paid accounts
SSL/TLS supported
SMTP restricted18
(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.
userid followed by "+" followed by tag
GMX MailNoYes
SSL/TLS supported
(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
SSL/TLS supported
(POP3 only)
Google Talk (XMPP)NoHTML/ JavaScript/ Ajax2YesYes, including .exe files in zip filesYesNoNoNo
(POP3 only)
customYes (Free, for Business supports up to 5000 mailboxes)HTML/ Ajax (Beta)Yes
 ?Yes ?NoNo
(POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange Server, IMAP[45])3
(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
SSL/TLS supported
SMTP restricted
?NoYesHTML/ JavaScript/ AjaxYesYes?NoNoNo
rediffNoPlus members only?Rediff BolYesJavaScript/ Ajax2Yes ?Yes ?NoNo
SSL/TLS supported
(POP3, Hotmail, Gmail)
SSL/TLS supported
XMPP, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, ICQ, IRC[47]YesHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYes
If discarded by virus scannerYes
Selectable while composing; saved identities
userid followed by "+" or "-" followed by tag
SSL/TLS supported
(POP3 only)
NoNoHTML/ JavaScriptYes
 ?Yes ?NoNo
Yahoo! MailPlus accounts onlyYes
(POP3-Plus members only, but free in some countries, IMAP
SSL/TLS supported)
(POP3 only)
Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger$35 yearlyHTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AjaxYes
(Norton AntiVirus)
Yes, including .exe files in zip filesYes
& only 10 addresses
alias userid (chosen by user) followed by "-" followed by tag
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
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]
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
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]


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  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". 
  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. ^ 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. ^
  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. ^
  18. ^ Gratis mail: State of the art in global communication
  19. ^ 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". Microsoft. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Hotmail/outlook storage issues". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Best browser for - Microsoft Windows Help". Microsoft. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Changes to custom domains with". 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. ^
  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
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  37. ^ 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". 
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  44. ^ [1] Ovi Mail migration to Yahoo
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  46. ^ Hotmail: One can organize their inbox using plus addresses. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  47. ^ Runbox: IM documentation. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
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  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?"