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Prepare for a spamming
Member Name: originl
Advantages: Free, user friendly
Disadvantages: Spam filter is poor
Need an email address? Hotmail provides free of charge.
The long running hotmail site has provided email addresses to literally millions of people for many years (I got my first one over 12 years ago). The free service is easy to register with the clearly marked site asking for just some basic details from you before giving you your own hotmail address. You can pick your own email address (as long as a. it hasn't been taken by somebody else and, b. it ends in either @hotmail.com or @hotmail.co.uk) or you can allow the website to suggest some for you based on the information provided and the available addresses.
Once signed up and registered the email address is yours to do what you like with. The website provides you with a healthy sized inbox and you can create your own subfolders if you'd like to organise your emails. Hotmail also has a 'Junk' folder for to check that any spam emails you receive are actually spam. Whilst a good idea, the spam filter on hotmail is extremely poor with many emails getting through and filling up your inbox. The block list is good, a list of emails you would like blocking, but I have received that many spam emails now that I have filled the capacity of the blocked list.
Another problem that hotmail face is misuse, with many hotmail emails being used for misuse on other sites. With a hotmail email address being both free and easy to set up they are often used when registering on other sites by people hoping to remain anonymous and cause havoc. As a result of this, some forums don't allow disposable emails when registering (such as hotmail, gmail, yahoo etc), which is disappointing for all genuine users.
I would like to give the service five out of five as I have used it consistently for over ten years, however the spam filter is truly awful and takes away a star from the service. I'm sure other free email providers suffer similar problems so I would recommend signing up for a few of them and picking your own favourite.
Summary: Worth a try, but you may move on to another