Despite what you might think YOU get to choose your email provider... Most people settle for the email address provided by their ISP (Internet Service Provider) such as firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, this is ok until the day you decide to change your ISP, you then have to email all of your contacts and let them know your new email address (a real pain!).
Let's look at how you can simplify and control your email... Firstly choose your eco-system, for example if you use a Windows PC you may want to take advantage of a free @outlook.com email address, or on the other hand if you use an Apple Mac you may want to go for a free @icloud.com email address, Gmail is great if you're using the Google eco-system. Once you've decided upon your new email address you'll probably want to check your email from your old email provider, and logging into your old email account can be a real pain, a simple alternative is "Mail Forwarding"; email gets sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and gets automatically forwarded to email@example.com.
Most modern email providers such as @outlook.com, @gmail.com and @icloud.com use "Push" as opposed to "IMAP" or "POP". The main advantage of "Push" email is that email get's (yes you guessed it) Pushed to your inbox instantly (like a text message).
Do you need a business email address? firstname.lastname@example.org requires you to register a domain such as yourbusiness.com which can be purchased from an ISP like 123-reg.co.uk. Some ISP's offer push or "Exchange" email as an optional extra, my advice is to take advantage of Microsofts' Office 365 with Hosted Exchange which enables Push Email, Contacts and Calendar with your own domain.
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