CREEPY EMAIL SERVICES
Welcome to a list of free email services that do not ask for your phone number. Yep, it’s creepy these days. You need to give away your phone number in exchange for an email account. I mean, while it does add a layer of security for the company, giving the phone number away basically does nothing good for us.
So here is a list of good companies who respects our privacy, and provide free email services without asking for phone numbers.
Restrictions: Attachments up to 50mb.
Signing up with mail.com is a breeze. Simply enter your name, desired email address, security question, password, and that’s it – An email account within 3 minutes. While they do not have a hard limit on how much storage you have, they do impose a 50mb file attachment limit.
Well, as long as you don’t attach full videos and heavy files, this should do just fine. Mail.com has so far been one of my personal favorites, the servers are decently fast, and their service is just fuss-free.
Restrictions: 1GB of storage space
This is one of the better email services that I know of. Tutanota offers free anonymous sign-ups and up to 1GB of storage space. The better part? Tutanota is encrypted; It adds another layer of security.
The best part? There are no advertisements. Tutanota is open source and funded by donations plus premium accounts. The premium accounts are very affordable at only 1 euro a month. Do support these guys if you like their email service.
3) GMX MAIL
Restrictions: 50MB attachments
2019 update – How could I miss this one out? GMX (Global Mail eXchange) run by a listed company in Germany. They are plenty reliable enough, running since 1997. Although they do not state any storage restrictions, there is a 50MB attachment limit… and advertisements alert. Take note – Even though you do not need a phone number to register on GMX, you still need another email account.
4) OPEN MAILBOX
Restrictions: 5GB of storage space
Open Mailbox offers a free 5gb anonymous email account, which may seem a little insufficient by today’s standards… But if you don’t spam, it should be more than enough. Personally, I don’t really like their email service. Their servers are just slow, and in my initial test, I waited for minutes for the server to even send out a simple email.
Restrictions: 500 MB of storage space, send 150 emails a day
Switzerland based ProtonMail offers free email accounts of 500mb storage and 150 emails a day. While this does not sound very exciting, ProtonMail has a feature that most other email providers don’t – encryption. Yep, you can send encrypted emails to people that is password protected and will expire/self-destruct in a number of days. That cool enough now?
6) GUERRILLA MAIL
Restrictions: Not a permanent email, 150mb attachment limit.
Want a totally anonymous email? Then create one that is temporary. Introducing Guerrilla Mail – a one time email that you can create, use, then dispose of immediately. No sign-ups required, and you can even attach files up to 150MB.
7) EMAIL ON DECK
Restrictions: Not a permanent email
Email on deck is an alternative to Guerrilla Mail, simply verify that you are not a bot and get your temporary email – Use and dispose of.
Restrictions: Public email addresses
Mailinator is the complete opposite of most email providers. That is, you create public email addresses… or take over control of one that other people have created. Interesting? No sign-ups required, just don’t use this to keep your dark secrets.
Restrictions: Public email addresses, receiving only
Mailnesia is an email with amnesia. Seriously. Just enter your desired email address, and you get an instant mailbox in seconds – No registration required. One problem with Mailnesia is that you cannot send any emails with it though.
Restrictions: Public email addresses, receiving only
Tempinbox is yet another public email that you can use within seconds. Again, you can only receive emails with it and there no sending of email with it.
11) INBOX.LV (NOT ANY MORE!?)
Restrictions: 20 GB of storage space
Inbox.lv is a Latvian company that provides primarily email services. While this site is covered in ads, the email service is free, along with some others such as photo and file hosting. There really is nothing to complain here, and they are quite generous with their storage space. One small thing to note though – It seems like they are experiencing quite a lot of spammers, and it took me quite a while before I was able to register properly.
Edit – Reports received on inbox.lv now locks you at a page requiring your phone number after registration. You can try and verify this if you want…
12) YANDEX (NOT REALLY?)
The last on this list is Yandex, the so-called “Russian Google”. As you might have noticed, I have appended a “not really” on the heading. Yes, and that is for a good reason. You can sign up for a Yandex email account without a phone number, just click on “I don’t have a telephone number” during registration.
Restrictions: Might still ask for your phone number…
BUT here’s the catch – If Yandex somehow deems your account as “spammy”, they will still ask for your phone number as verification… I already have my spare Yandex account locked in this manner, and I am refusing to give them my number. You decide if Yandex this is worth your time.
We have come to the end of this list, and I hope that it has been helpful to you. Now go create your free email accounts without the fear of some random marketer calling you for email upgrades. If you have more free services to share, please feel free to comment below.
Edit – Getting quite a number of random funny hate comments from not-so-intelligent trolls. If you have registration problems, it could very well be anything such as network issues, browser compatibility, geolocation bans set by the providers, policy changes over time, or simply providers going out of business. Bashing won’t do any good nor get you a free email address. 😆 Chill and good luck!
W.S. Toh is a senior web developer with over 10 years of experience in building websites, systems, and applications. He is also a tech-gadget lover, SEO practitioner, blogger, and secretly an evil tech ninja.