I'm just about fed up with hotmail and I'm looking to switch.
Please, no Google/Gmail, no aol, no Yahoo, or Earthlink suggestions. No pay services; if I had the money, I'd have gone with 1791.com.
Please, no providers that require a phone number or alternative e-mail to verify; I have no phone, and I'm dumping hotmail (one reason: it seems they won't let you send/reply to e-mails if you don't verify, and it's not a browser issue) so I'll be closing those out eventually. Plus, I'm just not giving out a number, or other kinds of certain personal information unless I choose to. And none that require installing something for it to work.
I'm looking around, so far I don't see a lot of options, though I did just see roadrunner.com (though I've not investigated it).