We’re going to (slightly) separate out free email services from email clients/applications here.
Standalone email client applications, for our purposes, is software that you install onto your device to download and read emails. Click here for standalone email clients.
On this page, you’ll find details of the best places to go for a free email address along with a free, often online, way to download your emails.
Gmail is the free email service offered by Google. All their emails end in the .gmail.com suffix so it might not represent your business quite how you want. However, it’s free and you can set up an account with a email@example.com address. You can also access emails across devices.
Microsoft offer a similar email service – but it keeps changing its name. From Hotmail to Live and now known as Outlook.com, microsoft’s email service is reliable and free and integrates with Microsoft’s other online services such as One Drive cloud storage. There are also supporting apps on most major mobile platforms.
If you don’t want to go with the big two, then you might try GMX. This is another free email service which will give you an email address with the firstname.lastname@example.org suffix and comes with lots of other bells and whistles which we describe more in our email client software section.