Today email address has become as important as having a home address because when it comes to virtual world, email address is something you can be reached through. Not just its a mean of being contacted, the email is used to perform lots of other jobs such as apply for a job application online, register on a forum to participate in a discussion, online shopping or even to play games.
There are several companies offering free email account but gmail.com, Hotmail and Yahoo are the major email service provider in today's world. Gmail has been the most popular email service provider since its inception and the number of users are increasing day by day !
www.gmail.com after sign up through a simple form which is available. The email you get at gmail is free for life with lots of interesting features such as colorful themes, out of office auto responder, mobile application to access the email through mobile phone etc.
The other option is hotmail that is owned by microsoft and has been offering email service for even longer time than Gmail. Hotmail is now also known as outlook.com. After sign up with hotmail, you have access of several other products that microsoft owns such as skype.
The one more interesting and reliable free mail service provider is yahoo.com which has been around since several years and earned a good reputation over the years. You can free email based on your country. For example if you are in the UK, you can get UK specific email such as email@example.com. Yahoo is secured and and once you sign up with it, you can have access to yahoo answer community where you can ask or reply to people questions.