Free Email Service

Review of free Gawab email

Though has been discontinued, the following information remains for reference. is a speedy, stable, and usable free email service with 10 GB online space, POP, and IMAP access as well as many web-based goodies. The IMAP implementation does not give you access to labels, and full message search is missing from the web interface.

What We Like
  • Offers just shy of 10 GB of online storage.

  • Free POP and IMAP access.

  • Label, search, and save search criteria.

What We Don't Like
  • Spam filter somewhat ineffective.

  • No full message search.

  • Limited support. email accounts offer these features:

  • Free web-based email accounts with 9.77 GB of online storage.
  • Access a account in any desktop email program using IMAP or POP.
  • Download mail from existing POP and IMAP accounts, and send mail from these addresses.
  • Sort your mail using folders and free-form labels.
  • Labels, sender, date, subject, size, and other criteria can be used to search once, or automatically in smart folders.
  • Compose messages in plain text or using a rich-text editor, or insert HTML code manually.
  • Track mail you send. Gawab lets you know, by way of a web beacon placed in your message, when it is opened.
  • A spam filter moves obvious junk out of your inbox, and you can report spam (or false positives) easily.
  • Mail filters file or forward messages automatically, and an out of office auto-responder replies while you're away.


From the Middle East, makes it easy to compose emails in Arabic script even if your operating system and browser do not. That is not all does, and not all it makes easy either.

It's easy, for example, to move mail to folders in or to add a label. All it takes is dragging and dropping. You can set up labels freely, apply them to messages swiftly, and include them in search folders with other attributes (including size, date, subject, and sender).

That, together with a swift search field for each folder, makes spotting important mail simple. You cannot search the full text of a message, however—either once or in a smart folder. Also, the filters only move messages to folders and not, for example, label them. does filter spam in an effective manner, but it could catch even more junk.

If you want your messages in a rich web environment and also on your desktop (in addition to the 10 GB of online storage), use POP to download them and IMAP to access them seamlessly. does not offer access to labels via IMAP, only to Inbox, trash, sent, and spam. It fetches mail from IMAP (and POP) accounts, though, and you can send mail from any email address using on the web.

When composing mail, you can use rich text editing, a virtual Arabic keyboard, and direct access to the HTML code behind your mail. In addition, tracks message delivery with a small hidden image (not transparent to the recipient).

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