Freemail

While the concept behind free e-mail (a.k.a. freemail) is not all that new, the features provided by some of the early pioneers are expanding, and the number of players in the field is growing.
By Len O'Neal July 1, 1998

While the concept behind free e-mail (a.k.a. freemail) is not all that new, the features provided by some of the early pioneers are expanding, and the number of players in the field is growing. Forget just reading your e-mail from anywhere; freemail providers are including the ability to create and spellcheck your e-mail messages, add e-mail addresses straight from web-based directories such as Four11 (www.four11.com), filter incoming messages, and store more messages than ever before. Popular freemail providers include Hotmail (www.hotmail.com) and Rocketmail (www.rocketmail.com). And this access-your-e-mail-from-anywhere capability has not escaped the minds of those in charge of popular portal sites and internet service providers (ISPs). Providing freemail is a natural extension for the likes of Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com) and AltaVista (www. altavista.digital.com), who want to keep your browser’s default home page location set to their site. ISPs are also jumping on the bandwagon, realizing that customers who only use the internet for e-mail will no longer be customers without this free service.