The Cost of Free Email
You may be asking yourself, "What cost? Free email services are free, aren't they?" By now you should know there's no such thing as "free" - everything has a cost. It may not come out of your wallet each month, but there's definitely a cost.
Here are some of the costs that I associate with free email services:
Spam - Free email services seem to receive a disproportionate amount of spam. There are various theories about why, but the fact is that you'll get more spam with a free mail service than with a regular ISP. Some are better at filtering it than others, but the amount of spam that each service deals with is enormous - and often legitimate email is a casualty of the battle.