Free Email accounts forever

I just read this on

“Yahoo will begin offering unlimited storage for its free Web-based e-mail in May, the company announced late Tuesday. The move makes Yahoo the first of the major free e-mail providers to offer unlimited storage, but it likely will not be the last.

Yahoo currently offers 1 gigabyte for its free mail service and 2GB for its premium fee-based service. Google’s free Gmail service offers more than 2.5GB of storage, and Windows Live Hotmail offers 2GB for free.”

This is interesting to me for a few reasons. First, its amazing that the cost of providing online storage has become so inexpensive they they can actually do this. And, with 250 million users of its email system, giving it away for free will have a big impact. Google did something like this when it introduced its email system, but it still remains a tiny player in the personal email market.

With Yahoo’s move, we’re essentially moving towards a world where all personal email will be free, and presumably advertising supported. As this medium of email communication is continues to grow, it is becoming more and more a daily part of the lives of everyday Americans. This new development seems to only reinforce this trend.

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One response to “Free Email accounts forever

  1. OK, it’s probably my age, but I could barely read that ZDNet quote. So, I’m a Yahoo user. I have been for about 5-6 years, and i joined on when you had to purchase extra space. I didn’t like deleting e-mail at that time (and that’s changed for sure). I pay $19.95 a year… and Yahoo doesn’t really make it clear what I get for that $19.95. I guess it’s their ploy to continuing getting some of that income (i.e. keep us in the dark). I do believe they promise extra spam protection.

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