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Old 1 Feb 2017, 07:10 PM   #1
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Question Fastmail free will be discontinued. Similar platforms?

Fastmail emailed guest users that free accounts will be discontinued end of July. Do you know of any free service that has the same interface or platform? Thank you.
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Old 1 Feb 2017, 11:21 PM   #2
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As FMs interface was developed in-house, you won't find the "same interface or platform" elsewhere. Similar, maybe.. Gmail?
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Old 2 Feb 2017, 05:56 AM   #3
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I agree with sflorack about the interface and platform, I use OpenMailBox (https://www.openmailbox.org/webmail/) as well as Fastmail, check 'em out.

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Old 2 Feb 2017, 11:26 AM   #4
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As FMs interface was developed in-house, you won't find the "same interface or platform" elsewhere.
Nope nothing as good out there....... VERY SAD........

I dont know what happend to them
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Old 2 Feb 2017, 11:45 AM   #5
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OpenMailBox uses RoundCube which may not be an equivalent to FastMail.
Although the one I can recommend is ProtonMail.
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Old 5 Feb 2017, 05:04 AM   #6
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Thank you all very much for the suggestions and information
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Old 5 Feb 2017, 07:42 PM   #7
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I see OpenMailBox's breakdown of costs for 2017.

Domains 120.- SSL certificate 144.- Infrastructure 19,200.

Given the fact that SSL certificates with Let's Encrypt could be free, and Domains, in my opinion, could be bought for much less than 120, what's to tell that OpenMailBox isn't overstating also the price of Infrastructure?

How do we know this isn't a for-profit organization masquerading as a charity?
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Old 5 Feb 2017, 11:46 PM   #8
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They are masquerading quite well then, I've been using their services for close to 6 months and it hasn't cost me a cent. If they do start a 'for a fee only' thing, I might keep using them, if it doesn't cost me too much that is..

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Old 19 Feb 2017, 09:33 AM   #9
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Who would want to use them anyway? They offer FREE email service and then take it away. That would make me worry that if you use their domain THEY will have control and charge whatever they choose. Gmail is the most popular email provider for a reason.
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Old 22 Feb 2017, 03:46 AM   #10
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for someone that never used fastmail, what does the ui look like? I did an image search but saw a few different variables, so not sure which interface the op is referring to
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Old 22 Feb 2017, 04:03 AM   #11
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You can get a basic idea from this YouTube video. (Jump to 9:25 to cut out the unnecessary part..).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj7orwzt5kk
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Old 22 Feb 2017, 05:57 AM   #12
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In terms of free domain email, I believe the best option right now is Zoho. They offer a decent webmail interface and I found their email reliable in some brief testing. I personally wasn't in need of all their other online services (much like G Suite, but more extensive). Zoho's Android app works well too. Migadu offers a free account that allows only 25 emails a day I believe.
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Old 23 Feb 2017, 07:35 AM   #13
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You can get a basic idea from this YouTube video. (Jump to 9:25 to cut out the unnecessary part..).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj7orwzt5kk
looks kind of like polarismail enhanced http://oi49.tinypic.com/2yy2j68.jpg
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Old 24 Feb 2017, 11:08 AM   #14
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I would not

I don't think it's a great idea to use smaller companies for email. There is more of a possibility that they will close up shop and not be around, or charge you as they please once they lock you in long enough like Fastmail is doing now. The giants like Google, Yahoo and even AOL will be around for as long as email will be around.
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Old 24 Feb 2017, 11:59 PM   #15
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I don't think it's a great idea to use smaller companies for email. There is more of a possibility that they will close up shop and not be around, or charge you as they please once they lock you in long enough like Fastmail is doing now.
..or the other way you can look at it is: you choose to use a domain owned by the email provider, so you locked yourself in.

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The giants like Google, Yahoo and even AOL will be around for as long as email will be around.
Isn't this allowing history to repeat itself? Ten years ago, you probably thought "FM will be around forever, so I'll use their domain". You should probably learn from your mistakes..

IMHO, the correct "great idea" is own your own domain and use whatever email provider you want. If it closes shop, change your domain records.
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