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Rediff Joins The 1GB Webmail Club

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the interesting-matchmaking-ads dept.

Communications 292

BGT writes "Gmail has for sure caused a furor by offering announcing 1 GB of space for free. But they are still in the beta stage and you cannot sign up for an account yet. Now India-based Rediff claims to be the first to actually start offering 1GB of space for free, with their Rediffmail service." (Spymac mail users might disagree with the "first free gig" claim.) Signing up for a rediffmail account was straightforward; the site has an intelligent add-a-contact interface when you send email to a new address, but lacks the searchability and multiple-label capability of gmail.

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asdf (4, Funny)

professorhojo (686761) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473629)

the 90's called. they want webmail back.

Re:asdf (1)

Solarbeat (691941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473668)

They also want their joke back.

Re:asdf (4, Informative)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473675)

there is yahoopops [sourceforge.net] for yahoo

and pop goes the gmail [jaybe.org] for gmail (which seems to have dead links on the site)

Re:asdf (1)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473920)

as a yahoo mail user (you can tell ;), I recently discovered YahooPOPs in an attempt to backup my email and leave enough space for new mail, only to find out a couple months later I got 100MB of storage for nothing.

Of course, imagine the email I would have to maintain if I let 100+MB worth of emails accumulate.

Re:asdf (3, Funny)

headisdead (789492) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473684)

As long as we can send Outlook Express back to that accursed decade as part of the package. I mean, it only seems fair.. ;)

Re:asdf (3, Interesting)

Embedded2004 (789698) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473713)

agreed. Webmail, will never be as good as a pop account for me (which comes from my isp). I leave it open, know instantly when a new email comes. I do not know what the stink about a 1gig spam mail account is.

Re:asdf (3, Interesting)

headisdead (789492) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473807)

Well, for people like me, who work between different locations (home, student house, university), that kind of access if pretty important. I mean sure, there's IMAP, but it's not exactly perfect. And of course we can't all have remote logins...

webmail (2, Interesting)

NineNine (235196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473718)

I'm not sure how you work, but webmail, at least for me, is infinately more useful than a regular POP client in some cases. With webmail, I can check my mail anywhere, and I don't have to worry about storage. It's that simple.

Re:webmail (5, Interesting)

0racle (667029) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473767)

I prefer that my ISP has a webmail front to my POP accounts. I can it anywhere, anytime, and still download it and keep it locally when I get home. I don't really worry about storage, but I don't trust webmail providers to backup the important messages I need to keep.

Re:webmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473935)

My ISP (roadrunner in NYC) has webmail access, but for some reason, the sessions time out in less than the time it takes to load a page (even on a fast connection), so it's pretty much useless.

SpyMac? (0, Redundant)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473632)

What about spymac? They offer 1GB email and /. has covered them in the past.

Is it that hard for the editors to edit?

Re:SpyMac? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473656)

Editors already mentioned SpyMac, read the post.

Re:SpyMac? (2, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473669)

The summary even points that out. This clearly is not the first e-mail project on the Internet to get 1GB storage going. They may have beat Google to the punch, but so have others. The claim of "first" is bogus.

Re:SpyMac? (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473764)

It didn't in the original, and since the editors don't answer my emails I wasn't aware they had added it. I just hope they don't ban my entire subnet for 10 days like they did when I responded to an editors post about lack of a spell checker. ;->

SpyMac is very inconsistent. (1)

Blaede (266638) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473677)

I've been able to log on maybe about 4 times in the last 3 months. They're always down for maintenance, or some bug pops up.

Re:SpyMac? (4, Informative)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473732)

What about spymac? They offer 1GB email and /. has covered them in the past.

Is it that hard for the editors to edit?


Spymac is well worth mentioning as an example of what NOT to do.

"Don't rush in and let a free for all take you down". Spymac may be the first to offer a GB, but it's not yet a "service". It's down far too often to be useful, and when it's up it's often so abysmally slow I just use hotmail instead. In its first days I was lucky to USE my spymac mail account one day out of seven.

Google's invite system looks to be their way of controlling that. They can get a setup working, then increase its size as they want bit by bit, and work out where fixes need to be made.

Re:SpyMac? (2, Informative)

WARM3CH (662028) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473894)

I wouldn't count SpyMac in. There are many reports of too slow operation, long periods of being down etc. My personal experience? They never sent me any answer when I joined in. I simply filled some forms related to some personal information and then there has never been any answer....

I've got an invitation (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473633)

First reply to this comment with an email gets it.

Re:I've got an invitation (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473657)

wongbbs.t.masta_wang@spamgourmet.com

Re:I've got an invitation (0, Offtopic)

kscd (414074) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473662)

Am I the first?

junk@gmail.com

Re:I've got an invitation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473930)

Gmail does not allow usernames less than 6 characters long. So junk@... is not possible.

Re:I've got an invitation (0, Offtopic)

cr0y (670718) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473663)

me? admin@crjt.net

15M x 1GB (2, Insightful)

rd4tech (711615) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473636)

Rediff.com will also start freeing up over 15 million email addresses that have not been in use over the years, giving new users a better chance of finding an email id of their choice

So.. 15,000,000 X 1 GB = ...
What will happen after two years when those inboxes start filling up to the top?

Re:15M x 1GB (2, Insightful)

msh104 (620136) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473689)

well, in two years, harddisks will contain much more space, so this problem might just solve itself. and also note that way not every user is going to fill up there entire mailbox. think about granny!

Re:15M x 1GB (1)

xsupergr0verx (758121) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473761)

Someone can easily manage to get that much spam over a few months.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473637)

First post

A lot of SPAM comes from there (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473640)

And it is being blocked on several black lists.

Me too!.. but not quite. (4, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473648)

It's interesting to see all of these companies upping their e-mail storage space, however, the 1 GB aspect is just the headliner of Google's product.

Google has quite the list of other new features in development including their own take on spam filter technology, and their intelligent sorting among topics. They also their text-based ad model that nobody else has been able to knock off yet. Yahoo has the chance to do so with Overture, but they've yet to connect Overture to Yahoo Mail.

So, even if everybody else in the free e-mail space can pull 1 GB out of their hats to, they still have a lot of work to do to catch up to what Google's working on.

Re:Me too!.. but not quite. (4, Informative)

System.out.println() (755533) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473725)

Don't forget the fact that GMail is *fast* - fast enough that I would almost consider ditching my normal mail program. almost.
I do wish GMail offered IMAP. :D

Re:Me too!.. but not quite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473771)

Please mod parent up.

The speed of gmail is outstanding. Given that google is one of the fastest and most reliable services on the web, I think that will continue.

With gmail, you click and shit happens now.

Re:Me too!.. but not quite. (2, Informative)

aslate (675607) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473774)

Will POP [jaybe.org] do?

Re:Me too!.. but not quite. (1)

System.out.println() (755533) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473818)

Not on OS X.

A Perl script to do something like this would be ideal.

Re:Me too!.. but not quite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473861)

I just started using Gmail, and am not impressed at all. Horrible and slow interface, mediocre spam filtering and no advanced features (i.e. WAP access). Why all the fuzz?

Crappy (5, Interesting)

pcmanjon (735165) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473655)

I use to use this server a while back like a couple of years because a friend reccemended it.

It sucks, and is down a lot for "maintainence" (yeah fat guy tripped over the cat5 and pulled it out again I know!) etc...

My advice: wait until gmail's public, but don't register all the good names before I do!

Email me at jonkelley@gmail.com

It's not the size that matters.... (3, Funny)

brainkiller (41196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473658)

But how you use it :)

Seriously... I would still use Gmail even if it had 10Megs of space... it is too cool not to use it... now who wants Gmail invitations? :)

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

IamGarageGuy 2 (687655) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473679)

I do!1 I do! - spamstuff264@yahoo.com

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473691)

I'm interested. sinistermidget2 at yahoo dot com

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

mschiller (764721) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473722)

Would the question in this forum be more accurately titled, who doesn't want a Gmail invitation?? Seems like just about everyone either has one already, or at least wants to get one for their spam respository..

But I for one would like to check it out and apparently I am not geeky enough to have gotten an invitation already...

-- Matthew Schiller
mschiller at alum.mit.edu

Sure! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473741)

If you have any left...

erik (AT) theophys (DOT) kth (DOT) se

Cheers,

Erik

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

arashi sohaku (228013) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473742)

I would like one please.

thunder@thisissucks.com

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

Pikhq (728580) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473800)

I'd like a G-Mail invite... josiahworcester@yahoo.com
:-D Thanks in advance!

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

majkqball (696199) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473840)

majkqball /at/ yahoo /dot/ com Tenku

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473953)

I'd like one.
dadinportland@yahoo.com

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

Silverlancer (786390) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473954)

Me ;) shadedlancer@hotmail.com please ;)

Re:It's not the size that matters.... (1)

arnott (789715) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473971)

yeah, who does not want an gmail account !

can u pls send me one ? :) arnott@sulekha.com

Thanks

Me Too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473972)

wizzardme2000 at ified dot ca

yahoo? (0, Flamebait)

msh104 (620136) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473664)

why not go yahoo? they already give users 100mb. and it's availible here and now. and who cares about other 900mb anyway? it's not like your going to send yourself movies split into dozends of small files tranfered over a slow mail protocol. I really don't see a reason why I should wait for gmail. go yahoo!

Re:yahoo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473724)

Because its interface sucks. Oh, and all of the ugly animated banner ads hurt it too.

Re:yahoo? (1)

Professor Cool Linux (759581) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473750)

because GMail has other features going for it that just size.

hell ill still use it if it wasn't 1 Gig

What a crappy design (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473682)

No offense, but that site looks like crap. I almost feel like my head will explode just looking at it! Has it been updated since like 1996?

I guess that is part of the draw of gmail - it has a clean up-to-date interface that won't - you know... make your head explode from confusion.

What is the fuss here (3, Interesting)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473683)

So what if email accounts are getting bigger, jeez, like giving users more space was something that could never possibly be envisaged before google came up with GMail. Its a natural progression folks and absolutely nothing to get excited about.

Re:What is the fuss here (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473808)

But look at the hoopla for gmail?

Originally it was expected that only a ten thousand or so mail accounts would form.

But now its growing at an unprecidented rate! I use Livejournal and everyone and their brother is asking for invite codes or already has a gmail account.

This scares the hell out of their competitors. Its to prevent competition.

I am glad I am not the CEO of Yahoo right now as I would be incredibly nervous.

The archiving feature of gmail is really cool and nice. Watch for clones of that feature in the comming months.

Re:What is the fuss here (2, Insightful)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473942)

I am glad I am not the CEO of Yahoo right now as I would be incredibly nervous.

Why? Yahoo! is still the world's number one web portal. Google's not going to start offering Fantasy Hockey as well are they?

Re:What is the fuss here (1)

christopherfinke (608750) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473948)

The archiving feature of gmail is really cool and nice. Watch for clones of that feature in the comming months.
More like, "It's been done before." I have a webmail app I've been working on for about 8 months, and I had the archive feature, as well as the labeling feature, programmed months before the GMail announcement. They're not doing anything revolutionary; they're just taking a bunch of nice features that already exist and consolidating them into the same application.

On a separate note, if you want a GMail invite, e-mail me at cfinke@gmail.com [mailto] .

use of JavaScript (5, Interesting)

Cybersonic (7113) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473685)

I can say one thing cool about google mail, the heavy, working use of JavaScript is pretty cool. It works in Safari, Mozilla, and IE the same. Must have been hell to code :)

-Ralph Bonnell ralph@ralph.cx ralphbonnell@gmail.com

Re:use of JavaScript (1)

Cybersonic (7113) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473701)

oops, thats ralph.bonnell@gmail.com

Re:use of JavaScript (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473921)

Do you like spam *that* much???

Re:use of JavaScript (1)

Neophytus (642863) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473723)

Have you found main.js anywhere in the code? I wanna check the beast out but it's so heavily hidden behind fog and mirrors only my browser can :)

Re:use of JavaScript (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473916)

check the source of the main page, scroll to the end until you see something like src=/gmail?view=page&name=js&ver=adsgdfbnhdfbf bfd

Enter this URL into your browser, http://gmail.google.com/gmail?view=page&name=js&ve r=adsgdfbnhdfbfbfd and then view the source of this page.

Presto.

and what are the odds... (5, Interesting)

222 (551054) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473686)

That any of these new 1gb webmail companies will be around in 3 years? Google has proven staying power, and thats where my moneys at. (quite literally, heh. I actually shelled out 25 bucks for 2 gmail accounts.)

Re:and what are the odds... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473768)

You base google's staying power on what?

After they IPO and the smart money cashes out, they'll just be another dotcom with 1500+ bitter employees who worked their asses off for years at low pay and didn't get enough options to make it worth it.

Keep your money out of the market.

Re:and what are the odds... (4, Informative)

ashayh (636057) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473874)

Rediffmail isnt all that great. But Rediff is a verypopular site among Indians (= potential 1 billion viewers). Being based in India, Rediffmail servers are faster than Hotmail in India so people like it.

I first heard of Rediff along the same time I got an Inernet connection (96-97). They've done pretty good, considering so many other Indian sites folded up since then. I doubt they wil go bust so soon.

But yea... Gmail is cool. I have a few invites...If anyone still hasnt seen Gmail, mail me.

ashay.humane(AT)gmail

Re:and what are the odds... (2, Insightful)

ganhawk (703420) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473980)

Actually, Rediff was founded in 1996 (I think the same year as Google ?). It has been quite popular since then in India. In fact I think it is the biggest Indian portal. I dont think Rediff will go down in 3 years.

Not for me, thanks... (3, Funny)

Wtcher (312395) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473687)

I think I'll stick with gmail. For one thing, they don't want to know where you live and what you named your pet!

Re:Not for me, thanks... (1)

brainkiller (41196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473721)

Thats exactly what I was thinking.... I was going to sign up just to see how it compares to gmail, but when I saw the sign-up form... heh.. it reminded me of yahoo mail...

Re:Not for me, thanks... (1)

Cygnus78 (628037) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473952)

Yes, the pet thing is very private. I only tell my girlfriend the name of my "pet".

All gmail, all the time? (1, Interesting)

Frisky070802 (591229) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473700)

Much as I like the interesting conversations about gmail, isn't there any other news out there?

amazing (3, Insightful)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473702)

what amazes me is why the VAST MAJORITY of people continue to use hotmail, the crappiest email service ever. with its whopping 2 mb of space, irritating user interface, MS adverts, and many many other annoying features.

most people use it because 'it's good enough' and 'it's what everyone else uses' . well, they would know what a bad service it is if they use something else and have a comparison.

Re:amazing (3, Interesting)

Synkronos (789022) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473746)

I dropped my hotmail account the instant it was bought out by MSN. Sad day, that was *sniff*

Re:amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473760)

hotmail was actually pretty good before ms took it over. they turned it into a commercialized, low-quality cash cow that it is. god damn bastards if they are going to take it over at least don't turn it into shit.

Re:amazing (2, Interesting)

brainkiller (41196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473778)

ah.. good ol' original hotmail... i still miss it

then one day microsoft buys it and decides to rape it.

does anyone know where I can find screenshots of the first version of hotmail? I've been looking everywhere for them...

Google a bit more likely to survive... (3, Interesting)

LightwaveNet (229843) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473710)

I would estimate at this point Google's given out about half a million invites.

Somehow I don't think smaller free mom and pop sites are going to beable to compete.

Overall, I fail to see how GMail will ever be a profitable enterprise for Google.

I just don't see how the ad revenue would ever surpass the bandwidth costs they incur.

Re:Google a bit more likely to survive... (1)

Bombcar (16057) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473892)

Uh, remember that Google already hosts the world's most popular search engine?

I think they can afford bandwidth.

Re:Google a bit more likely to survive... (1)

LightwaveNet (229843) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473943)

Yes, that's exactly my point...

Google can... but all these other people who are matching their webmail service because of Google's offering don't have the underlying financial resources/machine resources/network etc to really scale as well.

E-mail bandwidth is minimal (4, Insightful)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473929)

I run a mail server. It doesn't take much bandwidth at all. Sure there's 1GB of storage but a very small percentage of the users are going to go anywhere near the limit. E-mail is a very inefficient way to send large files. There's about 20% overhead.

Smaller "mom & pop" shops can compete by offering a unique/catchy domain name.

I offer POP3 and IMAP as well as secured web-access. Google doesn't support those other two without a third party hack.

Google offers a lot but they don't offer anything that nobody else can offer except the domain name. And they don't offer all the possible features people want for an e-mail account.

Ben

Re:E-mail bandwidth is minimal (1)

Doomie (696580) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473940)

Gmail actually has https support. Just type https://www.gmail.com

As far as POP3 is concerned -- check out the previous slashdot article about Gmail. There are "hacks" for this.

Moreover, they say that they might introduce POP/IMP support, and maybe for a fee. We can only sit and wait until they launch the service :)

Damn (1)

bigberk (547360) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473720)

What are Nigerian 419 scam artists going to do with that much storage?

Unsuspecting Victims (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473738)

i will be willing to laugh maniacally at a box of kittens for a gmail invite.

kthnxbye.

nizaam34(at)telus(dot)net

Size is not important (2, Insightful)

InternationalCow (681980) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473752)

But search capability is. I find it amazing that everybody and his grandmother keeps trippin' about the 1G of storage. Who cares. If I want to keep old emails around I archive them in a tarball that I keep handy somewhere. I receive large amounts of non-spam email and what I really, really need is a decent search capability (not only on literals but also on categories and so on). Mailsmith (MacOSX app) does a decent job. It uses grep and indexing iirc. In my tarballs, I just grep for what I want. But it feels clunky in a way, so if Google can offer ueber search capability and allows for intelligent filtering of incoming mails, I'll sign up the moment it reaches 1.0

aventuremail.com ? (2, Informative)

YellowOz (778515) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473777)

anyone signup for this free 2gig account? i did about a week ago and starting yesterday they seemed to have disabled alot of accounts for no reason. anyone here anything?

Re:aventuremail.com ? (1)

Diskore (92523) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473944)

yes, the same thing happened to me. I haven't seen anything about this until here and now. That site seemed to be pretty slow and feature-less so I'm not really too concerned. I was just trying it out for fun, but now I have teh gmail and don't need crapventure. The one cool thing about aventuremail is you could get 2 and 3 character names, unlike gmail which requires at least 6

How about a 2GB account? (4, Informative)

lortho (700090) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473797)

Some folks have already tried to outdo gmail/spymac et.al. on the 'bigger is better' kick. Aventuremail [aventuremail.com] recently offered 2GB accounts for free (and still appear to if you go to their site), but they apparently bit off more than they could chew and are no longer accepting new registrations (though they will certainly let you try, for marketing purposes - if you try to sign up for one now, they'll take you through the whole process, then tell you you're more than welcome to a 3GB account for $22USD/year).

Re:How about a 2GB account? (1)

YellowOz (778515) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473803)

see post above they have locked out most of the people who signedup for the free accounts :(

a relief (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473810)

it's nice to see how outsourcing has a positive side to it

Bollywoodmail (4, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473815)

I would switch to Rediff in an instant if they can turn my spam into a music and dance number with a large ensemble cast.

Top posting, grrr (3, Interesting)

chrysalis (50680) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473828)

Just like Gmail, Rediff forces people to copy everything and do top-posting when replying to mails.

This is really anoying.

Better Yet (2, Informative)

andrewlong (617908) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473855)

Setup your own mail server and have unlimited storage and no attachment or message size limitations.

Use qmail with vpopmail, spamassassin, clam antivirus and rbl checking with spamhaus. Then setup some webmail client like IlohaMail or oMail.

Now thats geek points.

And of course you'd run this all on your slackware server.

Re:Better Yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473887)

http://www.shiremail.com -- got the t-shirt.

lousy claim (1)

monsieurcoffee (668108) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473857)

What a lousy claim. Spymac and aventuremail.com both offered 1gb of free email prior to this.

Indie-Mail (4, Informative)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473870)

has been free from the beginning (April) and has never had a limit on the storage. Claiming 1GB is just an oversell. It also features the ability to search e-mails.

It also sports IMAP, POP3, SMTP (with alternate port for those with port 25 blocked), and web-access with SSL. And no ads. It's supported by Icarus Independent which uses AdSense.

Anybody with a weekend to spare, Mercury Mail and some talent can put together a free e-mail service. The web-mail front end uses Apache 1.3.x, PHP, MySQL and OpenSSL. It just parses the files Mercury uses. Simple and secure. Mercury has built in web-mail support but I've never used it. I prefer having the flexibility of writting my own front end.

Ben

Why do i need any of them? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473882)

Run a mail server at your own home, add imap4 support and some sort of web interface like squirrel-mail.

Then you can have as much space as you want, no ads, no garbage. And its accessible from anywhere..

Somebody explain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9473913)

Gmail has for sure caused a furor by offering announcing 1 GB of space for free.

What's so exciting about an offer to announce 1 GB of space for free? I'll jump into the business of offering to announce too it's that's so lucrative.

pop3 (1)

mysoulisfarting (774313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473918)

they have a pop3 for 400 INR (approx 8$). Now, that sounds good for an online archive storage kind of script...

Stability (5, Insightful)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473936)

One of the biggest reasons that Google's GMail is still more attractive is simply stability.

If you sign up for Spymac mail or Rediffmail you don't have the backing of a major corporation that has an infrastructure in place to support future growth, investors looking for the company to *not* fold, and a dedicated staff just for your data.

Any fly-by-night place can buy a massive hard drive and start offering 1 free GB of mail, but if they run out of cash and fold then what happens to all of your mail in their old system? At least with google there is a pattern of longeviety that seems to ensure your data will be protected for a long while.

more outsourcing (1)

unclefungus (663751) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473960)

this time it's not people, but webspace!

not really a GB (-1, Redundant)

mickcim (455246) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473964)

Gmail and now Yahoo do not offer 1 GB of e-mail storage. They are offering 1000 MB not 1024 MB.

whoop dee doo (0, Troll)

xangsta (75410) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473968)

i get 200gigs of email space from hosting my own email server off my cable connection :P

Gmail accounts for you... (1)

dallask (320655) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473970)

if you want an account, I have 5 to give out...

codeninja@gmail.com

I wonder what privacy laws are like there? (2, Interesting)

Trillan (597339) | more than 10 years ago | (#9473979)

If they're fully based in India, I doubt any US laws would apply to them. What can they get away with that a service based in the first world couldn't?

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