This article provides and overview of the different types of email accounts.

Introduction / Background:

You probably have a free email account that you use for personal email.  This account is probably from Gmail, Hotmail, Apple, Yahoo etc.  This account is free because the Providers love to have you on their site, using their service, branding their business, and sending you ads.  They have invested millions of dollars making it easy to install on your phone and available through their web site from any browser.

As great as they are, these accounts do not help you brand your business, and they can not be 'authenticated' to prove you are who you say you are, so they cannot be used to send business email - not through FoundationTennis anyhow (we adhere to the DMARC standard (

So for your (paid) business email, you have three choices:

POP accounts @ your domain name (or a domain that you own or control, or one of our domains like

Pro:  POP accounts can be accessed on your phone, your PC, or through a web browser.  

They are the least expensive and most simplistic accounts.

Con: POP accounts do not provide folder synchronization between devices.

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IMAP accounts have all the same capabilities of POP account, PLUS they offer the added functionality of being able to synchronize your folders (inbox, sent email, deleted, filed in folders, etc) across all your devices.  This is wonderful, since any email you deleted, filed, or sent on your phone will be deleted, filed appropriately, or in your 'sent' folder when you look at it on your PC or via your browser.  

Note: In our experience, and that of a lot of other users, IMAP is not reliable (from any supplier/provider).  Unless you are what you would consider 'tech savvy' - skip IMAP and head straight to Outlook365 or the G-Suite

Pro: Folder synchronization across devices, less expensive that Outlook365 and G-Suite

Con: They don't always work and you have to be willing to fiddle with synchronization periodically - especially on Apple products and devices

Then there is Outlook 365 and G-Suite, which are robust mail systems.  These systems synchronize with specialized servers.  The suppliers have made a much greater investment in the software, and it shows.

Pro: run on virtually every device, easy to install, reliable to use

Con: These accounts cost a lot more than POP and IMAP (G-Suite is $60/year per mailbox, Outlook 365 runs from $36/year to $120/year per user depending on the 'suite' of apps included in your subscription).

You can purchase POP, IMAP, or Outlook365 mailboxes from your domain registrar or TennisConnectDomains

You can purchase G-Suite apps from Google.

Please contact your mailbox provider for details and current pricing.