I have my own web hosting site and use my email through that. I wouldn't ever use a 'free' one (nothing is really truly free). I think I have a gmail account only for the required google account to access some of their crap and I can't say I've ever gone to see if there are any messages in it. I do have a Samsung droid phone and for sure users should be aware of the privacy concerns. I look things up on it for work, but I really don't do social media or anything personal on it. I really don't even check my company email on it. I can run up the data, but mostly that's if I'm using the GPS navigation a lot. Still can't come close to what our plan calls for.