Below are listed five ways to get a “cool” personalized email address
Method 1 – CoolHotmail.com
CoolHotmail.com allows you to choose from over 100 domains at which you would like to have your email address. You have choice of domain names from various categories, including where you live, who you like, who you are etc. This email service is geared towards Indian users as most of the domains belong to this category.
You get all the features of Windows Live Mail, i.e. 5GB space, anti-spam protection etc. Infact, you login to your domain at the same address.
Method 2 – AOL My eAddress
AOL My eAddress is a similar offering by AOL.
This one two lets you choose from a wide range of domains at which you can get your email address. The email will have all the features of AOL, i.e. 2GB space, 16Mb partition size etc.
If you don’t like any of the readymade domains, you can even choose to register your very own or use your existing domain by changing the MX server.
Method 3 – Google Apps
This one is my favourite, as it helps me tap in the power of Gmail while getting email at my own domain. Google Apps doesn’t give you the option of choosing from domains. You will need to have your very own domain name to use Google Apps. Google allows you to register and use the domain directly over there.
You get 2Gb, virus and anti-spam protection, 10Mb attachment limit, POP3 access etc. You will need to change the MX servers of your domain if you choose to use your own domain instead of registering one with Google.
Method 4 – Windows Live Custom Domains
Similar to Google Apps, Windows Live Custom Domains allows you to use your domain or register a new one with Microsoft and then get connect it with Windows Live Mail. Like Method 1 described above, you get all the features that Windows Live Mail has to offer. Each domain is limited to 500 accounts initially which can be upgraded later.
Method 5 – Register your hosting service
Most hosting services today allow you to create your own email. However, this is the most expensive of the methods described as it requires you to bear the cost of hosting in addition to your own domain.