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Most of the people on the planet use the email accounts that come with their internet provider service for their personal email. These are included in the price of the service, so most people just use

Most of the people on the planet use the email accounts that
come with their internet provider service for their personal
email. These are included in the price of the service, so most
people just use them because they don't know any better. I'd
guess that outside of such services as AOL, WebTV and the like,
virtually everyone just uses an email client such as Outlook
Express and their ISP's included email accounts.

When I began on the internet, I simply used my AOL account to
collect my email. It was simple (far simpler than just about
anything else, actually) because is was included with the AOL
package. Once you set up AOL there was no configuration of any
kind. You just used the email browser and you were all set.

After I moved to Pacbell, I simply began using the Pacbell email
account that was provided as part of the service. It's simple,
after all, and better yet, it doesn't cost anything at all.

Later, like many people, I learned about services such as
Hotmail, Yahoo mail and Excite mail. I got very excited, because
these services solved several problems for me.

First and most importantly, by using my Hotmail account I could
receive and send email from everywhere that had web access. While
in theory I could do the same with my Pacbell account, it was a
hassle. Hotmail neatly solved that problem. True, the web
interface was no where near as nice as that provided by Outlook
Express, but it was usable and convenient.

On top of that, as I began promoting my own web sites, I found
that there are good reasons not to use your own private email
account. I learned the hard way, of course, by submitting my
site to one of those FFA services and using my own personal email
account address. I must have received 10,000 emails in a period
of a couple of hours! All junk (the reason FFA lists exist is in
exchange for a link the list owner gets to send you one or more
promotional email messages) and most even downright silly. Years
later I was still getting an occasional email message as a result
of that one mistake.

The next time I submitted to an FFA list (before I learned how
silly these things are) I got a little smarter and opened a
Hotmail account. All of the email messages were directed to that
mailbox, which I deleted a few days later. This saved me from
getting tons of spam and wading through an incredible number of
absolutely useless junk.

The final problem was anonymity. There are times on the internet
when not giving out one's personal email address is a good idea.
I found the email boxes at Mail.Com were perfect for this
purpose. It requires only a few minutes to create a mailbox which
is more-or-less untraceable. While I have not had any real use
for this kind of anonymity, I mention it because it is one major
reason some people use free email accounts.

Ah, but there are some disadvantages to using free email
accounts. First off, the ISP based email account's major
disadvantage is simply that it is linked to your ISP. If you
move or change ISP's, then you have to change your email address.
This means changing every newsletter that you receive, every
product update, notifying every friend and other person who sends
you email, and so forth. Believe me it is a major hassle to
change an email address.

I know this, because I recently changed from my Pacbell account
to a personal mailbox which I purchased from It
took me over two months to notify everyone of the change, and
I'm sure I missed a few on the way.

The free web based email accounts do not have that disadvantage
(unless, of course, the web based service folds or changes in
some way), but their are good reasons not to use them for normal

First of all, my own personal opinion that using Hotmail or one
of the other big, well-known email services is just plain, well,
tacky. It strikes me like eating imitation crab meat or
something - it just feels low-class. I know other people feel
this way as well - how seriously do you take something received
from a Hotmail address verses a more unique domain name? And I
don't mean to pick on Hotmail - all of the big, free, web-based
email suffers from the same perceptions.

This makes a well known, web-based email account very unsuitable
for any kind of real business. People are so used to getting spam
from these places that they will often delete the message unread
unless they absolutely know who the source of the message is.
Excluding things like FFA submissions, these email accounts
should never be used for legitimate business purposes.

Another major disadvantage is that you are at the mercy of the
big company hosting the email. They want to make money,
naturally, and they must do something in exchange for giving
you free email. Most of the services simply post advertisements,
although some also require you to view popup ads or receive
occasional spam emails. (I refer to these as spam emails because
they are undesired by virtually everyone and usually people treat
them like spam - they just have to be received to get the free

Personally, there are no conditions that I would use Hotmail in
the future due to their requirement that you sign up for a
passport account. There are many security concerns with using
Microsoft Passport (not the least of which is that Microsoft's
track record is abysmal as regards security and privacy) and
additionally a real trepidation at giving a large corporation
such control over my information.

So what would I recommend? There are many email services
available at a very reasonable price which give you everything
you could possibly want. Probably the best and most reasonably
priced service I have found is from You get 10
email accounts (whose names are completely under your control)
for about $40 a year (100mb of storage) - and this even includes
your own domain name! The service provides both POP and web-based
email, and has an array of features which make it very useful.
Additionally, since you are directly paying for the service (and
what better relationship is there in business than the "customer
directly pays vendor who provides service" business model), you
don't have to view banners, you don't get popup ads and you don't
need to receive spam emails.

And believe me, that's the best reason of all to use a service
such as's paid email accounts - no stupid
advertisements which I don't wantArticle Submission, don't need and will never have
a use for.

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