You can find many free email services out there but it is often the case that you get what you pay for. If you are tired of seeing advertisements, you need a business class email, your personal life depends on email access or need an email provider that will encrypt messages, the following list of premium paid email services should help you:
Email for personal accounts
Gandi: A French domain name registrar that gives you a SquirrelMail email inbox with any domain name registered with them. Your email address will use the custom domain of your choice and free whois privacy protection guarantees that your name will not be visible in the public whois database.
SlashMail: USA premium email provider running on open source software, they support Outlook and Thunderbird, allow you to use your own domain for email, has a calendar, notes, spell checker and advanced email filtering routing messages to the right folder.
TuffMail: Canadian email company offering standard email services like webmail, IMAP, ClamAV antivirus email scanning and backscatter protection from forged spam sent in your name. Email storage and bandwidth are not tremendous but their prices are cheap.
Mail.com: Run by German company 1&1 but with servers in the US, Mail.com offers free and paid accounts, the fairly cheap paid email accounts get rid of advertising, and add IMAP and phone support. The company has more than 200 domain names to choose from for your email address.
FastMail: Australian company with servers in the USA, offers an advanced email service with custom filtering that will send messages to the folder of your choice based on subject or sender, accurate antispam filter, optional double authentication login with Yubikey and a calendar.
Email for privacy
Countermail: With servers in Sweden, accepts Bitcoin payments and does not keep any logs. The company can’t hand over any customer data to anybody because they don’t hold it and email is encrypted in the servers with a key that only the user holds, CounterMail staff is unable to decrypt it.
RunBox: Norway based email provider targeting privacy conscious users that do not wish to trust their data to companies in the USA open to NSA gagging orders. Runbox servers are not encrypted but messages in transit will be secured with Perfect Forward Privacy and PGP if the other provider support it. The company keeps email account information for up to a year after deactivation.
AnonymousSpeech: With servers in Asia, it encrypts email messages with PGP if the other part supports it. This email provider commits to fight in court any warrant requiring them to hand over customer email details, of which they hold very little, specially if you pay with Bitcoins.
Posteo: German company that does not ask for customers names or addresses, to sign up you only have to enter a nickname and the password of your choice, payments are anonymised, the company can not link it with any account. Email inbox can be encrypted and preconfigured to use Mailvelope, a PGP email browser addon.
Email for businesses
TheXYZ: Business email provider based in Canada, it will sync email and calendar with commonly used office email programs like Outlook and smartphones, it comes with an advanced spam filter, email archiving and a generous email inbox that can keep years of email messages if you don’t send big attachments. This email service is FISMA compliant, a US law requiring government agencies to strengthen their cybersecurity.
LuxSci: A USA email provider that will appeal to people with business needs, LuxSci customer support includes a contact phone number. This is a HIPAA complaint email service, a US law forcing health care providers to secure their customers data with encryption, a calendar, archival and file storage come with the package together with a Service Level Agreement that guarantees 99.99% uptime.
Zoho Email: With email and document storage, Zoho offers multiple domain hosting, custom logo fitting your business image, online office apps for team collaboration or sharing and desktop sync. This email service could appeal to companies wanting to integrate their cloud office suite an email.
4SecureMail: Offering personal and business email hosting with a strong focus on security, this email provider allows you to encrypt messages with PGP using their custom email interface and set up rules to automatically file email messages into different folders. Their anti spam filter can be set up to a challenge and response system.
RackSpace: US company providing email hosting with your own domain name, including virus and spam scanning with 100% email uptime guarantee, pricing is based on number of users. Support is available by phone, chat or email.