Receive email: recommended email host?

Hi all,

I am working on a project that would allow the arduino to receive email/SMS. To get started, I am playing around with the code from this site:

http://opensource-torchris.blogspot.com/2009/09/arduino-pop3-email-checker.html

Since the arduino cannot handle SSL encryption, is there a free email service that the Arduino could connect to easily? Or would it be better to setup my own email server?

Thanks, Greg