Yahoo! Mail Classic: Free Email Service

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Yahoo! Mail Classic is a comfortable, reliable and secure email service with unlimited storage. A pretty good spam filter keeps the junk out, and you can send rich emails using Yahoo! Mail's HTML editor.

If you have New Mail, you can switch back to classic mail. Another alternative is to use Yahoo! Mail Basic, a simple HTML version of full Yahoo! Mail.


  • Yahoo! Mail Classic scans for spam and viruses effectively
  • Yahoo! Go Mail brings rich and always up to date email to mobile phones
  • Yahoo! Mail Classic offers unlimited storage for free


  • Yahoo! Mail Classic lacks a powerful plain text editor
  • Digital signatures and message encryption are not supported
  • Yahoo! Mail Classic does not thread messages and lacks virtual folders


  • Yahoo! Mail Classic offers email accounts with unlimited online storage.
  • Junk emails are automatically filed in a special folder by Yahoo! Mail's SpamGuard.
  • You can turn off automatic downloading of remote images in Yahoo! Mail Classic for enhanced privacy.
  • Yahoo! Mail Plus users can use disposable email addresses to stop spam in its tracks.
  • Yahoo! Mail Classic offers mail filters and views, message flags and powerful mail search across folders.
  • It's accessible via mobile phones, but Yahoo! Mail Classic can send automatic vacation replies, too.
  • A WYSIWYG HTML message editor (requires Internet Explorer on Windows) lets you compose rich emails.
  • PhotoMail, integrating Yahoo! Photos with Yahoo! Mail Classic makes it easy to upload and share photos.
  • Using Yahoo! Go Mail, you can access your Yahoo! Mail account comfortably from cell phones.
  • Yahoo! Mail Classic can be set as the default email client for Windows.

Expert Review of Yahoo! Mail Classic Free Email Service

Reliability, storage space, security, and precise spam filtering are the features you should look for in a free email service.

Yahoo! Mail Classic offers most of them.

While it lacks digital signatures and message encryption, you get automatic virus protection and Yahoo! Mail's pretty effective "SpamGuard" junk mail filters move spam to a special folder.

Yahoo! Mail Plus users can set up disposable email addresses for use instead of their real Yahoo! Mail address. As soon as spam is received through one of them, it can be thrown away easily.

All Yahoo! Mail Classic accounts come with unlimited space for all your mail. The web-based interface — the place where Yahoo! Mail users probably spend most of their time — is comfortable and efficient (many useful keyboard shortcuts). Yahoo! Mail Classic's mail views that let you concentrate on particular messages in a folder is useful but could be more flexible.

Of course, Yahoo! Mail Classic also offers filters to automatically sort incoming mail. Unfortunately, it does not thread messages, though. An easy to use HTML message editor lets you compose and send emails with rich formatting easily, and in Yahoo! Mail Plus you can even use stationery.

Yahoo! PhotoMail, available for everyone, makes it easy to share photos from your computer, Yahoo! Photos and the web by storing full copies on Yahoo! servers while mailing only thumbnails.