Best Gmail alternatives 2018

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Globally, Gmail has become the most popular email service since it was released to the public in 2004, and as of last year claimed more than 1.2 billion users. But Google's market monopolisation doesn't reflect a lack of worthy competitors.

Some of these alternatives deliver features Gmail lacks, or provide other advantages such as less ad-hungry snooping on the content of your emails. 

If you're in search of an email service that you can customise to your preferences or one which gives you the freedom to merge all your many messaging platforms behind one slick interface then read on.

These are some of our top picks for alternatives to Gmail.

Read next: Best email provider for business 2017

Additional reporting by Christina Mercer & Laurie Clarke

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