I use Comcast and in my area they've been very good for me. It's been enough years (maybe 10-15?) that I don't remember how long it's been. If you set up your email client to leave your email on their server (I set mine for 30 days), you can access it wherever you are either online or via your email client. I use Windows Live Mail on my laptop and I can also get email with my Kindle Fire via WiFi or with my desktop. Apparently the quality of service varies from place to place, so check in your neighborhood.
I am fed up with Hotmail (oops, Outlook) and Gmail. I feel like I need a sandbox and finger paints to go along with the new Outlook, which calls type sizes "fonts" and is the ugliest thing I have seen in awhile. I clicked on the link in a CNET message to post this question, but the new Outlook can't handle that -- it took me to an opportunity to sign in (I was already signed in!) but once I did that it had no record of the address I wanted to send to.
My husband uses Gmail, which now wants us to distinguish between several kinds of faint arrows instead of using words to describe functions such as "Reply." It also has many other nonintuitive quirks, such as providing clickable text labeled "Attachment," but clicking it just makes the text blink and the actual download link is at the other end of the message.
I would want a cloud service, so I can have my email where I am. I would also like to be able to download chunks of email for local archiving. I would want the high-quality spam filtering that I get with Outlook. I do not have a service I can piggyback on, such as SBC; I would have to have an independent email service.
Any thoughts? Thank you!