Comparison of free IMAP e-mail hosting providers

Even though the use of Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, … are all on the rise as communication channels, e-mail is still and will be an important aspect for people and businesses to communicate. In the past, I have used G Suite (back then: Google Apps) and Zoho, but these all became paid. So I was looking for a free e-mail provider alternative to Zoho and G Suite. With this post, I wanted to share my small research with you in case you too want to use a free custom e-mail address.

Requirements for an e-mail provider to make it to my list:

There are many e-mail providers out there. The most commonly known are Google’s G Suite, Microsoft’s Office 365, Zoho, … But in my listed, I only wanted to make sure the provider was offering the service completely free of charge. Here are the other requirements:

  • No advertisements
  • IMAP/POP enabled
  • At least 1GB of e-mail storage included
  • No time limit (it shouldn’t become paid after some time)
  • Ideally: has a web portal / webmail
  • Ideally: has two factor authentication

Here are the list. Ready, set, go!

Yandex – Free email for your domain

The Yandex ‘Mail for Domain’ service is a completely free solution for anyone who is looking to host their own email accounts. Yandex is based in Russia.

Yandex lists these advantages on their website:

Free with unlimited mailbox size
Customized email address with any username
Apps for phones and tablets give you the same email on all your devices
Dozens of design themes, from kittens to outer space

Yandex Mail for Domain

Go to Yandex Mail for domain to start registering your domain

Migadu – All-Inclusive Email Hosting Email hosting

Migadu is probably the easiest free email provider when you want a custom email address. With Migadu, there are almost no restrictions: no storage limits, domains or mailboxes. To prevent spam or misuse, they do however limit the number of sent e-mails to 10 outgoing per day. Upgrading to their cheap paid tier removes this limit.

Migadu was built to manage multiple email domains with great simplicity and most reasonable pricing. It solved some of our own problems when we were juggling multiple Google Apps accounts at an unjustifiable cost. We hope it does even more for you.

Bitrix24 – Your company. United.Free. Unlimited. Online.

Bitrix24 is actually a whole lot more than just e-mail hosting. It also provides a wide range of collaborative applications, including CRM, chat, online storage, task management, …

Here is Bitrix24’s description on their About page:

Bitrix24 is a collaboration platform launched in 2012. Bitrix24 provides a complete suite of social collaboration, communication and management tools for your team, including CRM, files sharing, project management, calendars, and more. Bitrix24 is available in cloud and on premise.

Bitrix24 website

You can register for Bitrix24 on their Cloud pricing page.

CloudEmail – Business Email

CloudEmail promises a no-nonsense approach in regards to e-mail hosting. It starts with a free plan (with some limitations). When you need more storage or more users, it is quite cheap to upgrade to a higher plan.

Here is what CloudEmail’s website describes their service:

Build customer trust by giving everyone in your company a professional email address at your domain, like susan@yourcompany and joe@yourcompany. Manage your business emails from CloudEmail’s Panel. Admins can set up individual mailbox quotas and privileges, email policies, group accounts, and more.

Free e-mail hosting comparison table

Here is a wrap-up of the different email providers that are discussed in this article.

  Yandex Migadu Bitrix24 CloudEmail
Number of free usersUnlimitedUnlimited123
Mailbox storage sizeUnlimitedUnlimited5GB1
Spam protectionYesYesYesYes (McAfee)
Server locationRussiaSwitzerlandUnited StatesEstonia
Other informationRussian-basedMax 10 outgoing e-mails per dayIncludes productivity suiteIncludes productivity suite


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