“You’ve got mail!” said my parents’ brand new Macintosh Performa as I turned it on for the first time. Six-year-old me had no idea what e-mail was and I ran down to the mailbox to check. Nothing.

It wasn’t till a few years later that I’d learn what e-mail was and that it was full of the fake meat SPAM for some reason. I still didn’t use it until middle school, but even then, I was only using it to play Diplomacy every week.

Warp time forward twenty years and our inboxes are stuffed with spam (not the fake meat) and we now have efficient systems to categorize it. E-mail is more than just a communication system, it’s our identity. And some of us have multiple.

If you’re looking for an even more efficient way to do e-mail, we’ve got a few suggestions. There are dozens of alternatives to Gmail out there, you just have to look…or just read on.

1. Intermedia

Intermedia Exchange Email is only $7.49 per month. Its core offering is Microsoft Exchange Online.

While it might seem like you could just get Microsoft Office for your e-mail services, this is a better option. It adds security and excellent support.

You also get a hosted email service with 24/7 phone support, unlimited mailbox storage, and a 99.999 percent uptime guarantee.

2. Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium

Microsoft Office 165 Business Premium begins its subscription service at $12.50 per month per user. You can pay for this annually.

It’s not just an e-mail hosting service, of course. It’s Microsoft Office on steroids.

You get top-of-the-line email hosting along with all of Microsoft’s known tools. Office and Excel are givens, but what about back-office awesomeness like SharePoint Online?

Really, this is the premium e-mail service that could fit any business.

Several hosting companies re-sell Office 365 Business Premium. But the best known is GoDaddy Web Hosting.

3. GoDaddy Web Hosting

It’s time to get online. And I’m not talking about using the internet. I’m talking about getting your dream website up and running.

Why am I talking about this on an article about email hosting services? Because when you buy a domain from GoDaddy, you can get a premium email service along with it.

The company that build one of the largest domain hosting and auction services also has a server infrastructure to match Google. It’s heavily focused on uptime which means you’ll almost always be able to access email and your customers will always be able to access your site.

4. Google G Suite Business

This article gives a lot of good reasons why you should use Google G Suite Business, but I’m going to outline what I think here. This is Google’s step up from Gmail. It’s a fully hosted productivity suite not unlike Microsoft Office.

You can use the Basic edition if you only want email, video conferencing, calendar services, and document editing. What makes it worth the cost is storage. At 30 gigabytes, you’ll be able to store a ton of documents.

This Basic version only costs $10 a month. And it’s another service that offers 99.999 percent uptime.

5. Rockspace Hosted Exchange

Rockspace Hosted Exchange starts at $7.99 per mailbox per month. It’s also based on Microsoft’s Exchange email. It combines 100-gig mailboxes with fully backed uptime guarantees. You also get an incredible security suite and the familiarity that comes from the Microsoft Exchange.

The only problem with this platform: some management-level gaps in ease. Otherwise, it’s a platform most businesses could benefit from.

The company also delivers Infrastructure-as-a-Service. This includes a full web hosting program like GoDaddy. And you can take advantage of their custom app development services which feature business intelligence and other back-office app services.

6. IceWarp Cloud

IceWarp Cloud starts their service tiers at $3.50 per month. It’s by far one of the cheapest services on our list.

It’s Microsoft Outlook compatible which is useful if you already use the Microsft email hosting software. IceWarp combines email with collab tools like team chat, document editing, and so much more!

Along with all of that, you get a whopping 50 gigs of email storage (why you would need that much email storage, only the Federal Government would know) and a full 500 GB of cloud file storage. And it’s not too good to be true.

The only problem is the invasive Outlook plug-in. And their security and privacy policies are vague and disturbing. But if you don’t care about PRISM snooping in your emails, then go right ahead and use IceWarp!

7. Zoho Mail

If you want to use Zoho Mail for free, go ahead! But be warned, it only comes with 5 gigabytes worth of storage. The upside is that you can have a full 25 users for free.

But if you want to upgrade, you only have to spend $2 a month per extra user. And that’s billed annually.

The free version is feature rich as well with 30 well-rounded applications. If you’re a small business, this is the perfect option for you.

8. AT Mail

This hosted service starts out at $20 a month. While that’s pricey, it includes a full 100 gigs of shared storage on 10 mailboxes. And if you want to add a user, you only have to pay $2 a month after that.

It doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles, but it is a solid service.

9.  Amazon Workmail

Amazon’s email server is fairly cheap at $4 a month per user. It’s also a fairly new service on the scene. Seems Amazon has its fingers in every pie nowadays.

It’s one of Amazon’s Web Services and it’s a no-contract, bill-as-you-go service. Unfortunately, it heavily depends on flash which keeps it low on our list of recommended services.

10. Runbox

This is a Norway-based service. It begins at $19.95 per year for the lowest edition. Yeah, you read that right, “per year.” And it’s the opposite of IceWarp when it comes to security and privacy. And it’s a green energy service meaning it sources primary from green energy to run their machines.

The biggest drawback is a lack of management tools.


By Ben Mattice

Benjamin Mattice is a freelance writer/editor, horror and sci-fi writer, SEO and affiliate marketing newbie, dog wrestler, cat wrangler, capoeirista, and long distance runner. He lives in the Palouse with his wife, three dogs, two cats, and two rats. Yes, that would probably be considered a mini-zoo.