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Carol's avatar

Can anyone help me identify the best email provider?

Asked by Carol (706 points ) June 10th, 2012

I have used earthlink for the past 15 years as my email provider. They’ve been pretty good until recently. Now, they’re not saving my incoming email addresses or sorting suspect mail from my inbox. Mail that I’ve deleted still shows up in my inbox. (I’ve heard they’re in financial trouble but the reasons for email dysfunctions aren’t really of my concern.)

I pay for earthlink and it’s perfectly fine if I paid for another provider. (I don’t care for aol.)

I’m looking for:
Reliability
The ability to sort saved mail into folders
Separate In-box and Suspect Mail (incoming mail for which an address has not been saved) folders.

Would like but not absolutely necessary:
The ability to use my own domain name.

I’d be grateful for any suggestions.

Carol

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13 Answers

zenvelo's avatar

I’ve been happy with gmail for 8 years now. Huge amount of storage, filing, marking, good spam filter. I’ve been very happy with it. The only complaint anyone has is Google scanning the words in your mail to focus advertising. But this leads to funn ads some times.

stardust's avatar

I’m quite happy with gmail too for the above reasons.

rsunset327's avatar

Gmail all the way unless you’re a gamer.

If you’re a gamer, you have to bite the bullet and get a MSN/Hotmail account so you can play GFWL games and link your Xbox Live.

tranquilsea's avatar

I’ve used Gmail for years and years now. I find it has great versatility and I’m able to sort many groups and listservs easily.

Carol's avatar

Does Gmail have all the features I’ve listed above?
Can I use my own domain?

phaedryx's avatar

@Carol We use gmail at work with our own custom domains: http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/products.html

And yes, you can have filters/sorting/etc like you listed above.

ETpro's avatar

Well, let’s make it Unanimous. I use gMail and paid for the pro version (just $50 a year). The techs Google hired (Ltech in my case) set up both my gMail account and my domain mail to come to one inbox on it. It’s great. But do check how you are going to transfer over old mail. They have import the mainstream email clients.

augustlan's avatar

Another vote for Gmail. I use it both personally, and with our Fluther.com domain.

funkdaddy's avatar

As @phaedryx mentioned, google apps is basically gmail on your own domain. It’s awesome.

I just wanted to add It’s also free for up to 10 users and most of the larger domain registrars have instructions how to set it up within their system. Making it really easy.

I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have a huge attachment to outlook.

bookish1's avatar

In the past I’ve used earthlink, hotmail, yahoo, and AOL. I have been using gmail for about 6 years now and I love it. And I agree, the only downside I can think of is that they put targeted ads based on what kind of emails you are writing. But it’s very reliable and customizable.

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zenvelo's avatar

@Geyla I have never given gmail my phone number, but they block all kinds of spam.

bookish1's avatar

@zenvelo: I think if you register for gmail today, they will ask for your phone number first before you can use your account. Kind of like for Craig’s List. Maybe you joined before they added that security feature.

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