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TOTALLY NEW TO WEB-BASED E-MAIL, and don't know where to start?

It would probably be best to start with Link Opens in New Window >Yahoo.com (we've been personally using them for years), because...

  • They have the most advanced features as a free web e-mail provider, while also providing a simple and easy-to-use interface
  • They have been a reliable web service since Jan 18, 1995
NOTES ABOUT THE BELOW TABLE:
  • Except for the "Newbies," these e-mail providers were chosen based on popularity and/or reliability.
  • E-Mail Providers are sorted by 'Domain Created On ...' date (from the first to the last).
  • This table only indicates which features are included with the free service.
  • Click the links for more information - you can easily hyperlink back to where you started.  The Link Opens in New Window > symbol means the link opens in a new window.
  • < aren't linked - they are only used to compress a lot of text.
Information valid as of 27 Nov 2003

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Domain Created On... Languages
Translation Sites
Mail Forward Storage Space Filters: Anti-Spam / Custom Virus Scanner Retrieve via wireless device POP3 Retrieval Signature /   Auto-Reply Address Book Spell Check
Click for Yahoo.com
More...
Jan 18, 1995 Y 4 MB Y / Y Y Y Y Y / Y Y Y
Click for Lycos.com
More...
Apr 13, 1995 English Y 6 MB Y / N ? Y< Link Opens in New Window Y Y / Y Y Y
Click for Excite.com
More...
Sep 19, 1995 English Y 3 MB Y / Y N N< Link Opens in New Window Y Y / Y Y Y
Click for Hotmail.com
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Mar 27, 1996
Japanese - Click for source of pic, Korean - Click for source of pic, Chinese Simplified - Click for source of pic, Chinese Traditional - Click for source of pic
N 2 MB Y / Y Y Y N Y / ? Y Y
Click for Mail.com
More...
Mar 24, 1997 English N 10 MB N / Y N ? Y Y / Y Y N
"Newbies"
Click for Operamail.com
More...
May 14, 1998 English Y 3 MB N / Y N ? Y Y / Y Y N

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE NOTES FOR THE ABOVE TABLE...

 

INTERNET ARTICLES

When the e-mail providers' help section didn't answer the question, the following websites did...

Information obtained according to About.com's...

Information obtained according to: Link Opens in New Window >http://www.dailyedeals.com/connect/email.htm
(view with caution, as some info. seems to be outdated)

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CHOSEN BASED ON POPULARITY AND/OR RELIABILITY
  • Popularity - based on internet articles, and our personal friends
  • Reliability - have been online for some time, and should be a reliable e-mail address
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"NEWBIES"
  • Chosen because they appeared to be fresh and innovative...you decide
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TRANSLATION SITES

Link Opens in New Window >Worldlingo's Dictionary and/or Website Translation (yes, it's free) for languages...

^ click above link \/ doesn't go to website


Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Português (BR), Link Opens in New Window >Greek - Click for Worldlingo.com, Link Opens in New Window >Russian - Click for Worldlingo.com, Link Opens in New Window >Japanese - Click for Worldlingo.com, Link Opens in New Window >Korean - Click for Worldlingo.com, Link Opens in New Window >Chinese Simplified - Click for Worldlingo.com,
Link Opens in New Window >Chinese Traditional - Click for Worldlingo.com
Source of Pics = Link Opens in New Window >Worldlingo.com -- or, Link Opens in New Window >go here for more Credits
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Link Opens in New Window >Travlang's Dictionary Translation (yes, it's free) for languages...

^ click above link \/ doesn't go to website

+ Link Opens in New Window >MORE (expressions for travelers - LOTS of languages)
Afrikaans, C^esky, Dansk, Deutsch, Español, Esperanto, Français, Frysk, Italiano, Latina, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Português (BR), Suomi, Svenska, Türkçe
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DEFINITIONS TO (possibly unfamiliar) TERMS

DOMAIN CREATED ON...:

The date the company (e-mail provider) registered their .com (domain name) via a registrar company, like Network Solutions.  The dates listed in this field are from Network Solutions' Whois database.

MAIL FORWARD:

You'll want this feature if you plan to "pass on" (forward) a message you received from one person to another person you know.  Back to table

STORAGE SPACE:

The total file size you can keep in your mailbox (see below example).  If you go beyond the storage space, e-mail providers will usually first give you a warning, and then prevent you from sending / receiving messages until you reduce the file size.
  • Unless you're planning on sending and/or receiving a whole bunch of attachments (pictures, videos, etc...), the average plain text e-mail is only about 2-5 KB, so even with Hotmail's small storage space, you could still store approx. 400 messages!  Back to table

FILTERS:
Anti-Spam
(a.k.a. Junk Mail) / Custom

Anti-Spam = The e-mail provider automatically filters out what it believes to be junk-mail (spam), and puts it into a special folder (usually called 'Bulk') for you to choose whether or not you want to keep it.
  • Note of caution: although these usually work pretty good, I've found messages from personal friends in my Yahoo Bulk folder.  So, it's a good idea to check first before you delete these messages (like I used to.)

Custom = Allows you to set up your own filters.

  • For example, I'm waiting for a message from my mom, but instead of manually filtering through my 'Inbox' for it, I can set up an automatic filter that sends all messages from mom to my 'Mom' folder.  Back to table

VIRUS SCANNER:

This usually means that you are given the option of having the e-mail provider scan attachment(s) from other people for viruses before you download it onto your computer.   Back to table

RETRIEVE VIA WIRELESS DEVICE:

You'll want this feature if you want to check your e-mail through your mobile, PDA, or whatever other wireless devices you have.
  • Note: The e-mail provider's listed on this page usually didn't specify which wireless devices, so you'll have to do some digging if you want to find out.  Back to table

POP3 RETRIEVAL:

POP3 = Post Office Protocol.  Meaning, you can retrieve your other (non-web-based) e-mail into these e-mail providers, but only Link Opens in New Window >Click for Hotmail.com (according to About.com) allows you to use your Mail Reader (like Outlook, Pegasus, Eudora, etc...) to retrieve messages.
  • For example, I can retrieve my brandy@directinternetlocator.com (POP3) messages via my Yahoo account, but I can't retrieve my Yahoo messages via Outlook Express (Mail Reader).   Back to table

SIGNATURE / AUTO-REPLY

(a.k.a. Vacation Response):

Signature = Link Opens in New Window >Lycos describes it best with..."you can customize your emails with your own personal sign off, and we'll automatically attach it to the bottom of your emails -- end with your address, a favorite quote, or the URL of your personal home page"

Auto-Reply (a.k.a. Vacation Response) = Does exactly what it says it does.   If you won't have access to your e-mail (for whatever reason), use this feature to automatically reply to people who write to you.  Back to table


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Whether or not the feature is available could not be answered.  (More than likely, if the answer is not easily accessible, it usually means no.)  Back to table

 

MORE INFO Back to Internet Articles - Back to table
  Notes From E-Mail Providers' Website Review(s)
YAHOO
Click for Yahoo.com
Have personally used for years Link Opens in New Window >Learn more at Yahoo.com Link Opens in New Window >About.com Review
LYCOS
Click for Lycos.com
  Link Opens in New Window >Lycos.com Help Link Opens in New Window >About.com Review
EXCITE
Click for Excite.com
Storage Space = 3 MB or 1,000 messages (whichever comes first) Link Opens in New Window >Excite.com Help  
HOTMAIL
Click for Hotmail.com
Retrieve via wireless device?
Yes, via their "MSN Mobile" service.
Their Link Opens in New Window >help section on this topic doesn't say if it's free.
Link Opens in New Window >Hotmail.com Help Link Opens in New Window >About.com Review
MAIL
Click for Mail.com
Can pick from the following
(your username@...)

^ you must sign with Link Opens in New Window >Mail.com
to pick one - this pull-down menu is just for show
  • Watch out for the pop-up ads!!!
Link Opens in New Window >Mail.com Help Link Opens in New Window >About.com Review
OPERAMAIL
Click for Operamail.com
Have personally used.  How long they will stay free is uncertain. Link Opens in New Window >Why Operamail.com  

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