Mail.com E-mail

The Good Offers 10MB of storage space; lets you choose nifty domains, such as mad.scientist.com.

The Bad Inundated with ads; charges for premium services; lacks antivirus or antispam defenses.

The Bottom Line Mail.com's many ads and lack of spam blockers make it a weak alternative to Yahoo or Hotmail. Sign up with Yahoo Mail instead.

Editors' Rating
4.0 Overall

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Review

Mail.com E-mail

Mail.com still lives in the Web-mailer cellar. Sure, it offers a ton of storage space, but its features are pathetic, and it serves up the most intrusive ads we've seen in a free e-mail account. Even though Mail.com does not charge, Yahoo Mail is a far better--and smarter--choice, despite its cadre of fee-based features. Mail.com still lives in the Web-mailer cellar. Sure, it offers a ton of storage space, but its features are pathetic, and it serves up the most intrusive ads we've seen in a free e-mail account. Even though Mail.com does not charge, Yahoo Mail is a far better--and smarter--choice, despite its cadre of fee-based features.

Invasion of the privacy snatchers
For starters, Mail.com digs deeper into your personal life than other free Web e-mailers. When you register, it asks for your name, current e-mail address, and mailing address. On the upside, though, Mail.com lets you choose an e-mail alias with all kinds of phrases for your domain, the part of an address that comes after the @ sign, ranging from the boring mail.com or lawyer.com to the exotic seductive.com or mad.scientist.com.

If you find Yahoo's interface busy-looking, you'll go cross-eyed with Mail.com. So many ads squeeze into the main e-mail window, they squish Mail.com's navigational tools into a small frame at the left of the browser window. Your account's primary interface is only a bit cleaner: ads appear at the left, at the top, and even in the middle of the page. Ugh! However, if you're willing to part with $10, you can buy a year's worth of the ad-free version.

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