6. Free Email Hosting Services
Many schools are letting free or inexpensive email hosting services
manage their project and student email account needs. This gets the school out of the
business of managing student accounts, and may be the ideal solution when you have just a
few selected project or student accounts that you want to set up.
- RocketMail for Education
Offers K-12 students free e-mail, full multimedia mail, mail access from anywhere and
online help support. Student accounts show announcements and information of interest
to young students.
Not only provides free email (using their client, Windows 95 only), but they also provide
free-dial up numbers in 400 cities, so it's not essential to use your Internet account to
access your email.
Free POP3-based email service, which means you can use a free POP3 mail client, such as
Eudora. This lets you download email from the server and read it off-line. One
disadvantage of this is that your email then resides on a particular machine: if you want
to access mail from multiple machines (i.e., at school and home) you'll want to leave your
mail on their server.
Free email using their included Hotmail client. While this gives you free email, it also
gives you advertisement. Schools have reported that so far advertising has not been
obtrusive or objectionable or included information of a controversial nature.