• Mailinator new

    A handy disposable e-mail address service that's free and ideal for generating temporary e-mail accounts. Mailinator is perfect if you want to register for a Web site but are concerned about the possibility of spam. There's no need to sign-up either. Simply think up your own "@mailinator.com" address and you'll be able to check the inbox via the Mailinator site. Easy!

  • Outlook.com new

    A modern take on free e-mail from Microsoft. Outlook.com is the tech giant's most significant venture into online e-mail since Hotmail arrived on the scene in 1996. Register for the new Outlook.com to gain desktop style functionality in your Web browser. Spam protection is very good at Outlook.com, plus the service includes 7GB cloud storage space at SkyDrive, and also access to free Office Web applications.

  • OtherInbox new

    A great free service for helping to manage large amounts of e-mail. OtherInbox works in conjunction with popular e-mail sites (such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and AOL) to automatically organise messages into topics, whether that's newsletters, statements, alerts, or e-mails that require urgent attention. If you're pressed for time and often bogged down with too much e-mail, this comes highly recommended.

  • mail2web

    This service allows you to access your POP3 e-mail inbox from anywhere in the world safely and securely (especially if you select the "Secure Login" option). Ideal for when you're on the move or when you need to access your messages remotely, mail2web functions very much like any other Web mail interface, and allows you to send mail, forward, compose and even delete messages on the fly. They also support smartphone access but this is not totally free, although a 60 day trial is available.

  • FastMail new

    This free, ad-supported e-mail service from Opera is a solid and reliable alternative to some of the more popular providers. FastMail includes reliable spam protection, 25MB storage space and IMAP support. The major selling point here is the excellent junk mail filter. The limited storage space is not going to win any awards, and a tagline is added to the footer of each outgoing mail message (this can be removed by upgrading). Paid packages offer much more storage space plus various other features.

  • Spacemail new

    A flexible free e-mail provider, offering an interesting twist on traditional e-mail. Rather than logging into an e-mail account and downloading messages, Spacemail uses "floating connection points" to have the e-mail find you. They claim it will revolutionise the way e-mail is delivered.

  • GMX hot

    This impressive and unique free Web-based e-mail service offers a massive 5GB storage space, virus protection facilities and "unprecedented spam protection". The interface is particularly user-friendly and allows you to drag and drop e-mails into various folders, which you can create at will. GMX also offers an address book and organiser, so you can keep track of all your appointments. Register for an account here and your e-mail address will resemble: you@gmx.com.

  • My Way Email

    This clean and straight-forward Internet portal provides a free online e-mail service, with 125MB storage space, spam prevention tools, stationary and various fonts. There is a 10MB limit on the size of message you may send. What is so attractive about this site is that no banners, pop-ups or other distractions can be seen.

  • Lavabit

    Lavabit offers two free POP3 e-mail packages, one with 128MB storage space, and another with 1024MB storage space. The 128MB account is completely free with no strings attached, whilst the 1024MB package is advertisement supported, but still free. They also provide virus protection on both accounts. If you require more storage space without the adverts, they offer this for a small annual fee.

  • MailBigFile.com

    MailBigFile.com's "free" service allows users to send large file attachments (up to 100MB in size) across the Internet. Although their commercial packages are more suited to everyday use, the free edition is great for one-off attachments to an individual recipient, and you needn't even register. The file will then be available to download for 3 days.

  • Inbox.com

    A great free e-mail service, providing a massive 5GB space, with Web mail, POP3 access, spam protection and a host of other useful features. Please note, however, that the 5GB offer is only valid for U.S., Canada and UK residents (2GB is allocated for other locations). Inbox.com also offers a free online calendar service and an online photo album, so you can share pictures with family and friends.

  • 10 Minute Mail

    Launched to help protect innocent Internet users from unsolicited e-mail messages, this service provides a free, temporary e-mail address that expires within a 10 minute time period. If you're wary of disclosing your e-mail address to a site that requires a registration, why not use 10 Minute Mail instead? You'll be able to register with no questions asked, and (more importantly) you'll avoid being added to spam (junk mail) lists.

  • Yahoo! Mail

    Yahoo! Mail - Here's a popular and user intuitive free e-mail provider, offering Web-based access and a massive 1GB storage space for free - far too much space for most users! Yahoo! Mail includes an impressive number of features, including a robust spam (junk mail) filtering service and free anti-virus scanning. The mailbox interface here is visually appealing and simple enough for newbies to navigate around.

  • Freeola 500

    Register at Freeola too choose from a huge collection of free e-mail addresses (over 500). This service provides free e-mail forwarding, free e-mail auto responders, anti-spam and virus protection, and also a Web mail option, so you can access your e-mail from anywhere in the world, provided you have access to an Internet connection. Click the "view all 500 addresses link" for the full selection.

  • Hotmail

    Hotmail from Microsoft is the world's most famous online e-mail service. They provide fast, secure Web mail access from anywhere in the world and include a range of features ideal for managing contacts, so if you use MSN Messenger, Hotmail is the perfect companion. Anti-virus, "mail bomb" and spam (junk mail) filters also contribute to the on-going success of this provider.

  • HushMail

    Provides an online e-mail service with extra security features. You can send e-mail to any person with an address but to take advantage of their high 1024 bit encryption, your recipient must also have a HushMail account. After the recent hiccup with "Hotmail hackers", you should seriously consider this if handling important e-mail. HushMail is robust, solid and reliable.

  • Lycos Mail

    This free Web-mail service provided by the portal "Lycos" offers free spam (junk mail) protection, 5GB storage space, free virus checking, basic text editing tools (font changer, etc.), and has no limits on file attachment sizes. Another useful feature is the domain and address blocker, ideal for when you wish to prevent someone from contacting you.

  • Cwazy.co.uk

    Operated from Gateshead in the UK and provides a free e-mail account on their own server. All accounts here can be accessed via the Web, via POP3 or via IMAP. One thing that distinguishes this mail provider from others very similar is it's totally non commercial, (they provide this service simply because people enjoy using it and not for the profits which could be obtained).

  • Mail.com

    Mail.com (as used to power Lycos and numerous other services) offers a free personalised e-mail service that is private and accessible from anywhere. You can choose from a variety of domain names and because this service is password protected, only you will have access to your account. If you share a computer, their secure log-out function will protect your messages.

  • Freedback.com

    Here's another free feedback form service. Freedback.com allows you to create a HTML form, even if you have no knowledge of HTML. Their form wizard will guide you through the process, and in no time at all you'll have a free and fully functioning form. You may also specify an unlimited number of questions for your visitors to answer. All forms available here can receive unlimited submissions.

  • Response-O-Matic

    Response-O-Matic "free" edition lets you create online feedback forms quickly and easily (and you needn't have any HTML knowledge whatsoever). In around 8 minutes, you'll have a fully functioning contact form that you can cut and paste into your Web site. Submissions are e-mailed to you every time a visitor submits a form, and they can also be customised with your own message, check boxes and radio buttons.