Written on: 17/04/2012
When it comes to email, reliability is a major factor in putting a service to the test, and POBox.com passes that test with flying colors. Initially designed as a spam filtering and forwarding service, they now provide webmail along with POP and IMAP options.
For years I used the mainstream free services such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and others with mixed results. After using POBox.com, I'm never looking back.
PROS: *High degree of reliability.
* World class spam filtering using Spamcop DNSBL and Cloudmark. Spam never reached your inbox and little chance of legitimate email being filtered as spam.
* Convenience: Mailstore subscribers can not only access their mail by all popular methods, you can also elect to have a copy of your mail forwarded to multiple other email accounts or services, creating as much redundancy in storing your email as you choose. You also get 10GB of storage.
* Customer Service" It actually exists and a staff that actually cares about the satisfaction of their customers. Anytime I had a question, a simple email ALWAYS brought a response in a timely manner, even on weekends.
* Respect for Customer privacy: Unlike those free services, POBox.com doesn't use data mining or advertising to create revenue. It's a paid service and therefore they are selling a quality product instead of your information.
PRICE: Various prices for different levels of service. A Mailstore account with the other bells and whistles will cost your $50 a year. A reasonable price if your email is important to you.
CONS: * No Exchange or ActiveSync. This would mainly be a concern for iPhone users as mail will only push to an iPhone by these methods. Essentially, this simply means that your iPhone will poll for your mail every 15 minutes. Of course, if you're using their forwarding service and access your mail via a Hotmail account, it becomes a non-issue.