There are many free email services available on the web, however there are few email services that provides free POP and IMAP access. POP and IMAP access can help download your mails to any mail client such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, Evolution or Mac OS X Mail.
Here is the list of Top 10 Free POP3 and Free IMAP Email Services.
Gmail – Free POP and IMAP
Gmail from Google provides free POP and IMAP email service and free chat. GMail provides unlimited free online storage which allows collection all messages without having to worry about space. Gmail’s simple and smart interface helps user to navigate easily. GMail also has best search which searchs the mail with ease. Gmail also has POP and powerful IMAP interfae for uses who can bring Gmail to any email program or device.
AIM Mail – Free POP and IMAP
AIM Mail is AOL’s free web-based email service, This service provides unlimited online storage, rich and easy interface and strong span protection. However, AIM Mail lacks some good features like (no labels, smart folders and message threading).
GMX Mail – Free POP and IMAP
Germany based site that offers free pop3 access along with web email service. The free email service offers 1 GB storage, 5 email address from different countries and two funny email address to be used at once directing to the same inbox. Attachment limit is 20Mb per message.
Lavabit – Free POP and IMAP
Lavabit offers free email up to 1 GB for personal use. The site has many filters and gray, white and black list services to reduce spam in the inbox and it has fast, reliable, private POP3 e-mail account with the most advanced features.
FastMail – Free IMAP
FastMail is one of the most popular free IMAP service provider. The site offers free 10Mb mailbox with 40Mb bandwidth limit per month. The site also offers multiple domain options, anti virus and spam protection. The account is closed after 45 days of inactivity.
Zenbe – Free POP and IMAP
Zenbe is more then email client, it organizes emails and attachments with labels and search. The site also integrates calendar, to-do list, twitter and Facebook updates, too. Zenbe has spam filter, many shortcuts but also shows quirks and omissions in others. IMAP support is only provided for just the inbox.
HotPOP – Free POP
HotPop provides free POP3 email and forwarding mail account! The best part is that mails can be forwarded to up to three addresses, along with user-defined filters like removing spam mail and other undesirable mails.
Inbox.com – Free POP and SMTP
Inbox is free email service with support of both free pop3 and free SMTP. Web based access is also available. The site also has a support page for your favorite email client.
Gawab.com – Free POP
Gawab offer free email server services for everyone who own’s a domain name and they can even set up a free email service under your own domain name. However the email quote for each user is 4 Mb/mailbox instead of 15Mb!. Multilingual service mainly offers English and Arabic mailboxes however they support 15 languages including Albanian, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. If you choose their webbased interface only service, your quote will be 1GB!
Zapak Mail – Free POP
Zapak Mail is a free email service with unlimited storage and POP access. The mail has some exception of background images, and offers no frills and does not help much with handling mail efficiently.