I think the problem is that 'reliable and 'free' don't usually sit well in the same sentence when it comes to this sort of thing. I pay for a dedicated webspace and email, and it's around £9 a month for unlimited everything, and I'm skint, but it works 99.99% of the time, so I figure it's worth it. Paying for .com domains is getting quite pricey at a small scale, and I have to pay for a .co.uk I never really use, but hey-ho - it keeps the trolls off my name. And all the threats from Chinese losers that they were going to register everything else except the .com and .co.uk (to try and get me to sell those two) came to nothing, as they never do. All mouth and no trousers.