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Old 25 Sep 2019, 05:48 AM   #1
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Fastmail alternatives

I'm on the market for an email provider, and am looking at various options. I know about Fastmail, I am checking other providers.


Requrements:

POP/IMAP access
Alias availability
Been in business for >4 years
>5GB email quota
Not too much more expensive than Fastmail ($50/year)
Ability to import mail from other providers.

Any suggestions?

Thank you

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Old 25 Sep 2019, 06:11 AM   #2
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Yikes, those requirements lead to many, many options. Not sure if you like the biggies, but one of the best deals going is Microsoft's Business Essentials plan with 1TB of storage and all the online Office apps--just not the desktop versions. $50 a year. G Suite is $72 a year.
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Old 25 Sep 2019, 06:52 AM   #3
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Yikes, those requirements lead to many, many options. Not sure if you like the biggies, but one of the best deals going is Microsoft's Business Essentials plan with 1TB of storage and all the online Office apps--just not the desktop versions. $50 a year. G Suite is $72 a year.
Thanks.
I looked at their pricing page - it did not mention pop/imap/aliases. Is there a page where they talk about it in more detail?

The next question is, what does Fastmail offer that Microsoft's Business Essentials does not?

PS: I forgot: I also need the ability to import mail from other providers.

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Old 25 Sep 2019, 09:45 AM   #4
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Business Essentials email is Exchange Online. You can create lots of aliases that can receive email, but I believe you can't send email using the alias. You can definitely import email from other providers.
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Old 25 Sep 2019, 09:58 AM   #5
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Of course Gmail can do all that for free.
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Old 25 Sep 2019, 10:14 AM   #6
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Of course Gmail can do all that for free.
Yes, but with gmail and "free" providers, I am the product being sold. And I don't wish to be sold.
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Old 25 Sep 2019, 10:14 AM   #7
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Business Essentials email is Exchange Online. You can create lots of aliases that can receive email, but I believe you can't send email using the alias. You can definitely import email from other providers.
Is there documentation on how one imports mail? Also IMAP access?
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Old 25 Sep 2019, 04:27 PM   #8
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Any suggestions?
This question is many times asked here on the forum, Please do a search first.
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Old 25 Sep 2019, 10:39 PM   #9
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My mistake, Business Essentials is $5 per user per month, so $60 per year. It is business-oriented, and the controls may be too much for the average individual interested in email on their own domain. I run a small Office 365 set up for a nonprofit and find it works well for multiple users, though at times is too complex for a small office with no IT support. Aliases are easy enough to create, but are designed for receiving email sent to addresses like [email protected] or [email protected], then funneling them to Joe or Sally, who then answer using their own email address. We imported a bunch of G Suite email accounts when we set up our Office 365 account and the process worked fine, though was a bit complicated. Support documents tend to be hard to understand and sometimes incorrect, and online support is hit or miss. If the first person you get isn't helpful, end the call and try again later to get someone else. They do persevere and eventually your ticket gets taken care of. That's one great reason to sign up for business-class email--real support. I believe the detailed support documentation is only available when you sign in with your business account.

Unless you really want that 1TB of storage I think there are better solutions for a single person mainly wanting just domain email. For example, I've read good things on here about Gandi which gives you two email inboxes with each domain registered. Other domain registrars offer similar email solutions, and these are often the easiest to setup. I've used email from Namecheap and Porkbun, and they both worked well. On the privacy end of things there is ProtonMail. I particularly like that they have their own smartphone app that works well. There are many, many options for email.
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Old 27 Sep 2019, 11:38 PM   #10
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I know about Fastmail, I am checking other providers.
What's wrong with Fastmail?
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Old 29 Sep 2019, 08:17 PM   #11
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What's wrong with Fastmail?
Nothing at all, just checking alternatives to get the best deal/service.
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Old 30 Sep 2019, 01:54 PM   #12
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Nothing at all, just checking alternatives to get the best deal/service.
I've been using Fastmail since day 1 (21 years!)
So far haven't found anything better...
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Old 3 Oct 2019, 04:22 PM   #13
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I've been using Fastmail since day 1 (21 years!)
So far haven't found anything better...
I hope they increase their "basic" quota which is just 2GB. The next level is 25GB which is a huge jump.
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Old 3 Oct 2019, 04:33 PM   #14
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I hope they increase their "basic" quota which is just 2GB. The next level is 25GB which is a huge jump.
Right, huge jump (23GB more) for $2 more per month...
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Old 4 Oct 2019, 12:08 AM   #15
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Fastmail's sister company, POBox.com, offers 50GB of storage for $50 per year.
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