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Types of POP3 Email Providers

If you think of the top names in the world of email services; it is quite likely that you are also thinking of the best POP3 email providers, too. This is because the "post office protocol?-or POP mail service-is the most common way that email accounts are operated.
The way the service usually works is that a computer user can open their email client (a software option for sending, receiving and organizing email messages) or a web based email server, and login to retrieve and send messages. This is something that millions of people do each day; but they may not be aware that it is a POP3 email provider through which they will communicate.
Among the current types of providers offering POP3 email accounts are such entities as major search engine sites, email only websites, and many communications companies-such as telephone and cable services. Where they might differ is in the features available for each account. For example, early variants of the POP3 services would not always include options for composing mail in HTML or plain text.

The Difference is in the Details

Companies that provide services for those who want POP3 emails will usually offer a web based interface, mobile access capabilities, and many advanced features. This means that anyone about to start an account should make a point of comparing the various features and options in each service, before making a final decision.
For example, the most modern services allow their users to have storage space, where messages can be kept. Earlier variants of POP accounts would delete messages when they were downloaded from the server; and then the user would only have access to the messages on the single computer, through which they were downloaded. Now, it is quite common for a POP email account to offer either unlimited or somewhat expansive memory, along with the address and other services.
Many email providers also protect their clients with advanced spam filters that don?t forward messages containing spyware, viruses, or which are simply junk mail. Instead, these might be sent to a pre-existing spam folder in the account holder?s interface, or just be deleted entirely.
Where folders are concerned, most modern accounts will also allow their owners to organize mail messages via customized and pre-existing folders. Whereas earlier variants of POP services had just the Inbox and Trash folders; modern accounts will have an Inbox, Trash, Spam, and a wide range of folders created by the account holder.
Many people understand that the POP style of email used to just hold email until someone logged into their client or web based server; after which, it would be deleted from the service. Today; however, there are options for download and delete processes, but also those as described above, where messages are sent to the native computer, but also kept on the server too.
Lastly, most of the larger providers can usually offer their accounts for free, but the user will have to understand that banner ads are going to always appear on the screen.

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