Consider the situation where you require a free email account that is distinct from your primary email account.
You might need a new email account to make online transactions. Alternatively, you may use it to sign up for email newsletters.
Perhaps you’ve never had an email account before.
Setting up a free email account with an email service, for whatever reason, should be simple, right?
What Has Changed in the World of Email Services?
Over the last five years, I’ve seen that email providers are now requesting a phone number for verification. Most likely as a result of the massive volume of spam emails we all receive.
However, requesting a phone number can present a hurdle.
Google and Zoho, for example, require a unique phone number to be associated with the account.
You may not be able to associate a new email account with the same phone number if you already have an account with them and have used your phone number.
In other circumstances, services will only enable you to use your smartphone for that one-of-a-kind phone number so that you can be texted for verification.
When you don’t have another phone number to use for verification, what do you do?
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Email Services Are Limited
There are options if you wish to register a free email account but don’t have a unique phone number for verification.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many options for someone who:
Doesn’t want to or is unable to provide a telephone number
Wants to keep their personal information private
I looked online for services that met both of these criteria and came up with a few possibilities to examine.
Note: I looked into the alternatives this month (June 2019) and found that they were all available without the need for phone verification.
However, policies are subject to change, so keep an eye out for potential adjustments in the future.
Without requiring phone verification, there are a number of free email services available.
ProtonMail, based in Switzerland, is my recommendation for a second email account.
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- ProtonMail is a privacy-focused email service that does not require you to provide a phone number for verification. They can encrypt your messages for you.
- ProtonMail registration is a simple three-step process that takes less than a minute.
- Select a username and a domain (either protonmail.com or protonmail.ch)
- Make a strong password.
- Add a recovery email address if desired (if you need to recover your account)
- To create a ProtonMail account, you do not need to provide your name.
- Setup time is minimal.
- Privacy is a priority
- Storage capacity of 500 MB
- Every day, 150 SMS are sent.
- iOS and Android apps, as well as web access, are available to create encrypted and automatically expiring email messages.
- Apart from email, there are no other functions.
- Other than your optional recovery email account, there are no recovery possibilities. You’ll get extra storage, filters, labels, and the ability to use your own domain name with a premium account.
A no-cost email service Mail.com, which is owned by 1&1 Mail & Media Inc., provides a more feature-rich free email account.
Their data center is located in Kansas, United States of America.
You must enter your first name, last name, country, state (if applicable), security question, password, and method of verification when creating a free account.
You’ll have a new email account in less than a minute.
Note that SMS is the usual mode of verification, although email is also an option. If you don’t wish to use phone verification, you’ll need an existing email account.
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- Multi-account management
- 2 GB of memory
- Choose from more than 200 different domain names (example: consultant.com, mail.com, accountant.com, etc.)
- Send huge files up to 50MB and be protected from spam and viruses.
- The calendar on the internet
- It’s possible to use it on a smartphone, a tablet, or a desktop computer.
- For verification, you must have an active email account. Email or SMS are the only choices for verification.
- There will be advertisements displayed. You have the option to opt out, although, in certain circumstances, this is dependent on the device you’re using. If you upgrade to their premium service, you won’t see any advertisements.
- You may require extra space depending on your email usage.
It used to be much easier to sign up for a free email account without providing a phone number. That is no longer the case.
If you’re searching for an email service that prioritizes your privacy and doesn’t ask a lot of questions when you sign up, I recommend ProtonMail.
If you want more features (calendar, greater storage, etc.) while revealing more information about yourself during enrollment, Mail.com is a decent option.
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