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Old 05-20-04, 08:46 AM
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Yahoo to compete with Google GMail

http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2004/05/14/yahoo/

Yahoo takes on Google with extra mail storage
By Scarlet Pruitt, IDG News Service
May 14, 2004 8:20 am ET
Not to be outdone by Google Inc.'s recent bold e-mail offering, Yahoo Inc. said that it plans to dramatically raise the storage limit given to its free e-mail users while at the same time bumping its premium subscribers up to a "virtually unlimited" capacity.

The storage hikes were announced by Yahoo executives at an analyst meeting on Thursday, where the company was keen to show that it is ready to take on rival Google, which grabbed headlines with the announcement in March that it is planning to offer a free e-mail service with a 1GB limit dubbed Gmail.

Responding to the Gmail offer, Yahoo plans to raise the storage limits for its free e-mail users later in the second quarter or third quarter of this year from the current 6MB to 100MB, a U.K. spokeswoman for the company confirmed Friday. Meanwhile, premium subscribers -- who currently pay close to US$50 a year for 100MB of storage -- will be given "virtually unlimited" capacity later this year, the spokeswoman said.


Executives from the Sunnyvale, Calif., company did not say exactly how much storage capacity premium subscribers will receive but the spokesman confirmed that it was "on par" with Gmail's 1GB limit.

"Basically it will be hard for users to perceive that there is a limit," the spokeswoman said.

The increase is also being extended to include Yahoo subscribers through high-speed Internet access partners such as SBC Communications Inc., the spokeswoman said.
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Old 05-20-04, 11:32 AM
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I'd like 20MB on a free account. That'd be swell.
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Old 05-20-04, 11:34 AM
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And the biggest advantage: no inane "Invite" system.
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Old 05-20-04, 11:48 AM
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Now to wait for Microsoft/Hotmail to kick it up a notch
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Old 05-20-04, 03:24 PM
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yeah, even a mere 20 - 30 MB would be VERY nice.

Just recently, Yahoo bumped one of my free accounts up to 25 MB out of the blue.
They sent me a nice email about how I was randomly selected blah blah blah.
But at least I no longer have to go through it to weed out unnecessary messages for fear of filling it up.
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Old 05-20-04, 03:34 PM
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Also, I don't know when this happened but I just noticed this today:
You are using 28% of your 6.0MB limit.
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Before, items in the "Bulk" folder (Junk Mail filter) used to count towards the limit until the user deleted the files (either delete one by one or click on "Empty" to delete all).
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Old 05-20-04, 08:33 PM
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Originally posted by namja
Also, I don't know when this happened but I just noticed this today:


Before, items in the "Bulk" folder (Junk Mail filter) used to count towards the limit until the user deleted the files (either delete one by one or click on "Empty" to delete all).
I don't know when they started doing this exactly, but it's been a few weeks now. I like it because now I don't use up the 6.0MB with two days worth of spam.

I'm glad yahoo is doing this and I'm sure Microsoft will do something similar with Hotmail. I don't really like the scanning of the messages that GMail will do, but it probably won't be that big of a deal. If Hotmail does something, at least we'll have 3 choices to choose from, which is good.
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Old 05-21-04, 02:12 AM
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Now to wait for Microsoft/Hotmail to kick it up a notch
They have to do a whole lot more then just offer more space.
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Old 05-21-04, 11:15 PM
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Originally posted by Groucho
And the biggest advantage: no inane "Invite" system.
Yeah, because they're never going to open it up to the public...

But seriously, who doesn't have an e-mail address yet? Who wants to notify all their friends they're switching to another service? Unlimited storage would have been nice, say 6 years ago, but...a new e-mail provider in 2004?
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Old 05-21-04, 11:22 PM
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Gmail will get a lot of hype going for it. Who doesn't have an email address? Plenty, but who doesn't have one that isn't overrun with spam? While Hotmail invites spam from their own sponsors/etc, Gmail won't tolerate it since their revenue comes from ad words.

Also 100MB < 1000MB. Nice try though.
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Old 05-21-04, 11:39 PM
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It's nice that Yahoo is doing that, but as a user of gmail, I have to admit that I love gmail much more. Not only for the space but just how everything works. Yahoo pales in comparision.
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Old 05-22-04, 10:16 AM
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Are you getting bombarded with spam in your gmail account?
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Old 05-22-04, 11:12 AM
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1) Why is this news on MacWorld web site? When is Yahoo! going to announce this on its own site?
2) I've had gmail for 23 days now (thanks Blake). So far, zero spam.
3) Anyone other email provider following suit?
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Are you getting bombarded with spam in your gmail account?
I have my gmail account listed on my blog, so I'm surprised I'm not bombarded. I've received five spam emails in a month.
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Old 05-22-04, 02:33 PM
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Originally posted by tanman
They have to do a whole lot more then just offer more space.
Not for me. Been using the same Hotmail account for years and i get far less spam then i do/did when using Yahoo.
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Old 05-22-04, 09:07 PM
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Not for me. Been using the same Hotmail account for years and i get far less spam then i do/did when using Yahoo.
You're an anomaly. Everyone I know (except for you) gets more spam with Hotmail than with any other e-mail service.
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How come I only have 4MB of space in my Yahoo account? Does everyone else have 6? Hmmm.........

Anyone know when this increase in space is going into effect?
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How come I only have 4MB of space in my Yahoo account? Does everyone else have 6? Hmmm.........

Anyone know when this increase in space is going into effect?
Yahoo used to give 6 MB to everyone. Then a few years ago, they reduced that to 4 MB and began marketing it as "up to twice as much as other free email providers!" since Hotmail provides only 2 MB.
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You can go to other Yahoo's and still get 6MB. yahoo.ca for example.
*taps finger waiting for gmail.*
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Old 05-25-04, 09:14 AM
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Originally posted by namja
Yahoo used to give 6 MB to everyone. Then a few years ago, they reduced that to 4 MB and began marketing it as "up to twice as much as other free email providers!" since Hotmail provides only 2 MB.

Anyone want to tell me how I got this from Yahoo? It's a free account that I created about six months ago.

You are using 18% of your 25.0MB limit.
According to them, I haven't bought any extra services...

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You have not yet purchased any services.
I was just assuming that they did they for everyone as a response to GMail... but checking my other Yahoo accounts I see that they are still at 4MB.
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So.....Anyone know when Yahoo is doing this upgrade?
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