FREE E-Mail Accounts: You Get What You Pay For…

We’ve all been told there is no such thing as a free lunch; yet it’s hard to resist the siren’s call of “FREE.” That’s one of the reasons why so many people have free e-mail accounts through Hotmail, MSN, and Gmail.

And while you might not be paying out of pocket for these services, there IS a cost. Here’s the price you pay when you use a free e-mail account:

1.)  An Extra Helping Of Spam: And loads of it. Are these free services selling your e-mail account? Do spammers have ways of gleaning your e-mail account? No one seems to know for sure (or at least they’re not talking). But the bottom line is you’ll end up with a lot more ads for Viagra than you bargained for.

2.)  Your E-mails Aren’t Guaranteed Delivery: The majority of spam messages come from free e-mail accounts. Even though you aren’t sending them, spam filters look at the server sending the message and, if it’s a known source for spam, will block the e-mail from going through. That means your e-mails might be getting blocked before they even reach the sender.

3.)  Customer Service? Non-existent! See you DO get what you pay for! If you have a problem, you’re on your own to figure it out.

4.)  Difficulty In Moving, Forwarding, or Downloading: Free e-mail services require that you read your e-mail through their web interface. If you want to move, forward or download your e-mail, contacts or other information, the process is cumbersome and sometimes impossible.

5.)  No Archiving: E-mail archiving, or storing old e-mails in a searchable, retrievable format has become very important (even a legal requirement) in some industries like medical and financial. E-mail is considered a form of communication and if you use it to support customers, order products, or to negotiate any type of deals, you want to keep a record.

6.)  Lack of a Professional Image: Receiving an email from a reputable company that uses a free email account (hotmail/Gmail) looks quite amateur. With E-mail being the primary method of communication for many businesses, using a free account gives the impression that you are either to cheap to pay for your own email or won’t be around long enough to worry about it.

So while these free services are okay for chatting casually with your friends, they are NOT recommended for business purposes or for sending anything you consider important.

Here’s a question to ask yourself: if your e-mail account was erased tomorrow and all of the messages, contact information, and history went bye-bye, would it be a slight inconvenience or a catastrophe? If it’s the latter, then you need to bite the bullet and get a “real” e-mail account. And, while you’re at it, you should also get an account that reflects your own URL.

The only reason for keeping a free e-mail account is to provide certain web sites with an e-mail address when you don’t care about getting communications from them, or that may spam you later on.

PlanetCPU offers both Domain and Hosting Services for as little as $60/year. This includes your very own domain (www.YourBusinessName.com) and a Hosting Package to store your Website and Emails. It will provide you with the opportunity to create professional email addresses and will go a long way in developing the professional image your company deserves. Call PlanetCPU today to discuss your Domain and Hosting needs or visit PlanetCPU to determine which Hosting solution might be right for your business .

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