Web based email services although offer most of the functionalities and ease of use for the average users, sometime to get more out of your email service you need to use desktop email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird, Outlook express etc. These email clients makes it easy to manage and organize your emails in a better and faster way and provides you with many functionalities that is usually missing in any web mail service. However, setting up your email account with any email client requires a POP3 or IMAP access to your email server and the bad news is that most email service providers charge you for POP3 and IMAP access. However the good news is that there are quite a few email providers who provide POP3 and IMAP access for free and you can use any of these email accounts with your email client like Outlook Express. Here are some email services that provides free POP3 and IMAP access.
GMail needs no introduction. This free email service from Google has changed many aspects of emailing and provides a user friendly and feature rich email experience for the user. GMail is the most popular option when it comes to free POP3 and IMAP access to your email. Setting up GMail POP3 and IMAP with any email client like Outlook, Thunderbird is very easy and GMail also provides step by step guides on this.
AOL Mail (also known as AIM Mail) is another popular free email service. AOL Mail provides unlimited storage, spam and virus protection, lets you access your emails from mobile devices, integrates buddy lists. AOL provides POP3 and IMAP access to your email for free which lets you access your emails from your email client.
Lavabit is a free email service. Lavabit focuses on your privacy and at the same time tries to provide a fast and reliable POP3 email account. Lavabit email has most of the advanced features you would expect from an email provider like spam filter, domain keys, message forwarding, archiving etc.. Although Lavabit provides more storage and message limits on paid accounts, they also have two kinds of free accounts, namely basic and personal account that provides you with a free POP3 email account that you can set up on your email client.
FastMail is an email service that provides free IMAP access. Fastmail features spam and virus protection, secure access. The advanced features and more storage space is available with Fastmail paid accounts while it provides a free account with 10MB storage space for free.
Gawab is a popular email service provider in the Middle East. Gawab provides free POP/SMTP/IMAP access
Hotpop provides free POP3 accessible emails accounts. Their features include, user defined filter to filter out spam, free email support, free email forwarding etc. Although the 100MB storage space might not seem much today, but hey, not every email service provides POP3 for free.
inmail24 accounts comes with a storage space of 100MB with multiple attachments support, built in antivirus, configurable spam protection, message filters etc. inmail24 provides you POP3 and IMAP access for free.
ICMail provides free email accounts with 1GB of storage space, antivirus protection, spam detection, auto responders, secure https access etc. They also provide free POP3/SMTP/IMAP Access which enables you to use your ICMail email account from any email client of your choice.
VFEmail ensure your security by scanning each complete email (including attachments) for spam and viruses before it find its way to your inbox. It provides POP/IMAP/SMTP interfaces with SSL encryption. The basic account is free and comes with a storage space of 50 MB.
inbox.com provides a free 5GB email account that comes with features such as online photsharing, calendar, notes, email notifier, SMTP/POP3 access, personalized inbox homepage etc.
GMX Mail provides free email accounts with 5GB of email storage and support for large attachments of up to 50 MB. It ensures your privacy by using SSL encryption and spam and virus protection. GMX Mail also provides free access to POP3 and IMAP to use your email account with any of the desktop email clients.
Zapakmail offers unlimited email storage space. It supports large attachments of up to 16 Mb in size. It features anti virus support, spam filter and other standard features. Zapakmail provides POP3 access for free that allows you to use your Zapakmail using any email client like outlook.
Read Creating Email Accounts in Outlook 2007 to learn how to setup your free email in Outlook.