Gmail vs. Other Email Providers

Gmail vs. Other Email Providers

A healthy competition has sprung up between Google’s Gmail service and other free Web based email providers.

Email Providers Offering 1 GB or More
You have to pay a small fee for most of these services, but some of them are free.

Gmail Walks Off With Rivals’ Contacts
Article at about some of Gmail features quietly added by Google in July of 2004 (from TechWeb.com on July 21, 2004)

Microsoft and Yahoo Respond to Gmail Challenge
Article about Microsoft and Yahoo increasing the storage space available with free email accounts after Google announced their new Gmail service with 1 GB of free space (from WinNetMag.com on June 21, 2004)

Gmail Compared to Other 1 MB Email Services
In July of 2004 Flexbeta compared the free Google Gmail service with four other email providers that also offer 1 GB of space. Includes a comparison of RunBox, Walla, SpyMac, ShireMail, and Gmail.

AOL

AOL – Official Web Site
Official Web site for the AOL email service. AOL does not have a free email service but they usually have plenty of generous free trial period offers available. I’m trying to figure out how much disk space comes with their basic entry level email account (it’s not that easy to find on their Web site).

Google Gmail

GmailUsers.com
Resources for Gmail users (this is the Web site you are connected to now).

Google Gmail – Official Web Site
Official Web site for the Google Gmail free electronic mail service.

Microsoft Hotmail

Hotmail Increases Free Email Space to 250 MB
According to this Internet Week article dated July 24, 2004, Hotmail has increased storage space for their free email accounts from 2 Megabytes to 25 megabytes and paying customers can get 2 Gigabytes of space for $20 a year by upgrading to HotMail Plus.

Microsoft Will Increase Hotmail Space
From the Seattle Times on June 24, 2004: “Microsoft finally responded to the buzz about Gmail by saying that, yes, it will increase Hotmail storage, so will everyone just stop talking about it already?

Microsoft Hotmail – Official Web Site
Official Web site for the Microsoft Hotmail free Web-based email service.

Yahoo

Yahoo Increases Free Email Space to 100 MB
According to this ZDnet article dated June 15, 2004, Yahoo increased storage space for their free email accounts from 6 Megabytes to 100 megabytes and paying customers can get 2 Gigabytes of space for $20 a year by upgrading to ?.

Yahoo Email – Official Web Site
Official Web site for Yahoo’s free Web-based email service.

Gmail Info

Welcome Gmail Users


Microsoft Outlook Alternatives
Are you looking for an alternative to Outlook Express for reading and sending email? That Microsoft freebie isn’t exactly state-of-the-art, even when compared to email programs that are given away free. Spam, security, and special features are better in many of the non-Outlook email tools…” This article at NewsDay.com includes reviews of PegasusMail, Eudora, Incredimail, Gmail, Mailblocks, and Hushmail [NewsDay Article]

Are Gmail Accounts Bought on eBay Being Disabled?
From GmailForums.com: “I guess buying my invite on eBay was the reason I’ve been banned. I missed it in the Google Terms of Service that buying an invite to Gmail was against the rules…” [Read More at GmailForums.com]

ZealMail Offers 3 GB for $3 a month
The space race in Web-based email continued today when ZealMail unveiled a new $3 USD per month email service that offers 3 MB of space for email. This storage allowance is significantly greater than bigger-name rivals, but users have historically been reluctant to pay for Web-based email systems. For example, Hotmail has both free accounts and fee-based accounts with more space and more options, but Hotmail’s free accounts vastly outnumber its fee-based accounts.
ZealMail Article at TechWeb.com
ZealMail – Official Web Site

Should Yahoo Users Switch to Gmail?
The Radicati Group recommends that Yahoo users not switch over to Gmail because Yahoo is a “life management portal” and Google is primarily a search engine. Radicati however, did note that Google’s new service replaces Yahoo’s intrusive graphic ads with text-only ads, and Gmail has ten times more free storage than Yahoo Mail, even after Yahoo’s recent space upgrade [Internet Week Article]

Yahoo Offers 1-GB Free Email in China
Yahoo has increased the storage space available through its free Yahoo email service – ONLY IN CHINA – from 100 megabytes to 1 gigabyte, matching the storage space to be offered by Google’s new Gmail service. This article at ZDnet predicts that Yahoo users elsewhere in the world may not get to enjoy the same benefit anytime soon…. [Read Full Article at ZDnet.co.uk]

Personal Information in Yahoo – Hotmail – Gmail
Kevin Fox compares the required and optional personal information collected by Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail when a new account is created [Article at Fury.com]

POP/SMTP Gmail – What’s the Point?
From the Gmail-Users forum at Google Groups: “I’m sure I’m missing something, but I just don’t get the point of using GMail if you are simply going to use POP access. Doing that will make two of Gmail’s best features – the features that make GMail unique – irrelevant…” [Read More at Google Groups]

Secure Your Gmail Account Against Spammers
Seven steps you can take to prevent spam from overrunning your beautiful new Gmail account. From EverythingHurts.com: “To protect myself from SPAM in my Gmail account, I’ve implemented a system which should defeat 99.9 percent of spammers” [Article at EverythingHurts.com]

New User Says – Gmail Interface is Intuitive
Gmail is a pleasure to use. It is much faster than most other webmail services, but this probably depends also on the still limited number of users and it will be interesting to see how it scales up.The interface is intuitive and at some point you stop missing folders…” [Read More at TransHumanism.com]

New User Says – Gmail is OK But Not Great
WHAT ONE NEW USER SAYS ABOUT GMAIL: “I have Gmail and use it occasionally. I don’t use it for my main email but instead I use it for temporary stuff or when I don’t trust a person or company with my real email address. I also use it to keep spam out of my real email account and it’s really helped with that. Do I care if they scan my email so they can target advertising to me? Not really. What are they going to learn? “Oh wow, they know that I emailed Charlie and Rich about getting new inline skates, how horrible. My life is ruined”. Gmail is not great, and I’m not going to replace my normal email with it, but it has its uses and it performs those tasks well.” [Read More in Our Forum]

Non-Google Gmail – Gospel Music Association
The weekly members-only email newsletter sent by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) is called “GMAil”. For more information see the official Web site of the Gospel Music Association’s GMAil newsletter. To see their Gmail logo, connect to the GMA home page and scroll down one or two screens.GMAil NewsletterGMAil Logo (from their home page)

Non-Google Gmail – ProNet Analytics
This is not really “new news” – it’s from last April – but here goes anyway… a small company in the United Kingdom, ProNet Analytics, a subsidiary of The Market Age, claims they have trademarked the name “Gmail” and according to them, they have have been using it for their email service since 2002 (from EarthV.com)

Non-Google Gmail – UseGmail.com
Look at this! Another Web site is using the name “Gmail” for a product that is not the Google Gmail service: UseGmail.com. But uhhhh… when I do a “whois” lookup that domain is owned by Google! I’m wondering if this product has *always* been owned by Google or (as I suspect) Google took over owning the domain name UseGmail.com at some point. Does anybody know the story behind this?UseGmail.com: A Non-Google Product?Share What You Know in Our Forum

How to Get a Gmail Invitation
It’s not necessarily easy to get your own Gmail account and user name, but there’s still hope for people who want to participate in the testing and evaluation of the new Google electronic mail service.

Web Based Email Pros and Cons
A new article by Lou Dolinar in Newsday says Web-based email is a doubled-edged sword that it is probably more suitable for individuals than corporations [Article at NewsDay.com]

Gmail – Get It If You Can
The exclusive gentlemen’s club in cyberworld has a just got itself a new address: Gmail.com. In the fast and furious competition that often ensues between the netizens’ myriad of status symbols, the email service being offered by search engine Google has emerged a clear winner….” [India Tribune Article]

News About Gmail
Google press releases and news from other sources about Google’s new free Web Based electronic mail service. A beta (test) version of the service was released to a limited number of users in April for an evaluation period that some rumors say will end in September or October of 2004.

Articles About Gmail
Articles on the Web about Gmail including features about Gmail privacy, what makes Gmail different than other Web-based email, the pros and cons of Gmail, and more.

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GmailUsers.com Was Launched in July of 2004
The Web site GmailUsers.com first appeared on the Web in July of 2004, and its purpose is to be a hub of information for Gmail users all over the world.