What is the best email service provider?

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    yoyo5280

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    I have gmail, but it is kinda old fashioned now I think.

    Should I make a switch, keep gmail, or convince my dad the .mac family pack is worth it?
     
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    Aperture

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    Kinda old fashioned? Hardly. Gmail is great and is miles ahead of most email services out there. Go ahead and get .Mac if you really want it but I'd otherwise just keep Gmail.
     
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    SkyBell

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    I use Excite Mail for my main account, and Yahoo Mail For registrations to websites that might send me spam.

    I suggust Excite, but Yahoo is more mainstream.
     
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    ivi7

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    Gmail is rather advanced and it does offer a lot more than many mail services and to add to that it is free. You don't have to pay a dime to have an email inbox.
    If you really want a change and want to try something new but not free you could give .mac a shot. It's not all that bad.
     
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    yoyo5280

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    I can't stand how boring the theme is though! LOL

    Okay... so .mac or gmail but that all.

    Also, I use mail app. It is great, very professional, but is there something like incrediamail for mac. Im 13 and wana add some fun to my emails lol :p

    Will gmail be compatible with something like incredamail
     
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    Or...

    Or you could download Mozzilla's thunderbird email client software. Gives you more functionality, the ability to keep your email on computer, and whole bunch of other stuff, while keeping your gmail address.
     
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    Aperture

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    Oh please no. Do not use Yahoo. Why must they place ads on the emails? Go with Gmail.

    If you use Mail.app then what do you mean Gmail's theme is boring? You should never have to see it.

    Ya know', maybe just wait for Leopard and the new Mail with templates. Buy that instead of .Mac.

    Yep, Thunderbird is nice. Especially considering it is free - great alternative to Microsoft Entourage. (if anyone even uses that anymore)

    Edit: Maybe you would be interested in this for a little more fun. You could make a YoYo5280@yoyo5280.com for free through AOL. (As in, you can change the domain name too.) & You get 2Gb of IMAP storage.

    Edit 2: Here is another thread on the subject.
     
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    QuarterSwede

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    I won't use email from a service provider (Cox, Comcast, etc) because then if I change providers I have to send out another mass email telling everyone to update their address books, of which some don't. This logic had almost everyone I know switched to Gmail or Yahoo.

    Personally, I use Gmail then POP3 it to Mail.app. I go with Gmail because their POP3 access is free and they don't put ads at then end of emails (Yahoo you suck). Yes, I'm one of those people that hate webmail or any sort. I just want instant access on my computer at all times.
     
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    SkyBell

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    I absolutely hate Gmail. I have my reasons. Besides, I don't mind ads on emails.
     
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    yoyo5280

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    I am trying thunderbird. I will also keep gmailI guess. I was looking at AOL, they just made a new beta of Mac AOL Desktop or something, but i dono. LOLz.

    Excite looks horrible, Im sorry. Why do you not like gmail?
     
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    twoodcc

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    i use gmail and hotmail. i have 2GB and 5GB storage. i also have .mac, but i don't really use the mail part
     
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    ivi7

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    This is pretty nice :)
     
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    yoyo5280

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    I like the look of live mail, but I have always hated hotcrap (hotmail) and will not use it even with a name theme change. Because of stupid parental controls (uggg....) I can't go to my gmail settings page and tell it to send all my messages to thunderbird. Can I import it from Mail.app?
     
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    majordude

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    Another vote for gmail... their anti-spam application is the best I've found this side of SpamArrest.
     
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    Nabooly

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    I use the standard Mail that comes with OS X. Its perfect and comparable with outlook.

    Otherwise i use gmail which is by far the best of its kind of email clients.
     
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    question fear

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    I was a huuuuge gmail fan, but the pop3 access got to me after a while...i tend to answer a lot of my personal email on the run, and it was frustrating having to sort it twice-once on my iphone and once on my computer. I dealt with it on my treo by using the java gmail app, which aside from keeping my computer and phone in sync i would not wish on my worst enemy.

    If you just need email from one place, Gmail rocks. I switched to .mac for the imap, the webspace, and the integration. I still have most of my mail filtered through gmail for easy archiving though.
     
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    SkyBell

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    To each his own. I like Excite because it's a smaller mail provider, and I always support the little guys.

    I don't like Gmail because Google is a multi-billion dollar company, plus I don't like the way it looks, nor the way it sorts your mail.
     
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    EricNau

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    I liked Gmail, but I was unable to obtain a practical user name, and the lack of IMAP made me look for a better alternative.

    Honestly, the best I found was AOL. Unlimited storage and free IMAP, and as long as you send mail from a mail client (e.g. Mail.app) there aren't any ads.
     
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    Aperture

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    There is a reason Google is so big and Gmail so popular. Again, use POP3 and don't even deal with the interface. Like you said, though, to each his own. :)
     
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    lmao. And Yahoo isn't?

    worst reason ever
     
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    I use Yahoo (SBC account), GMail, and SquirrelMail (DreamHost). I use my SBCGlobal account for my public email (forums, public things, etc), GMail for, well, hardly anything, and my SquirrelMail for my "business" related things.

    I don't really interact with Webmail, so they're all equal in functionality for me.:D Go Mail.app!
     
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    Veritas&Equitas

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    I also use Gmail & .Mac, and don't go through the web interface, but simply have them setup through Mail.app. Works like a charm ;)
     
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    SkyBell

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    Indeed. However, which one is more popular?

    And my Yahoo account isn't my main account. My Excite is.
     
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    twoodcc

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    yahoo used to be more popular
     
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    thebassoonist

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    Gmail!

    Gmail for sure! Lots of storage and completely free.
     

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