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Old 18 Mar 2021, 05:45 AM   #1
trussrod
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Arrow Providers below 5Gb - are they still useful in 2021?

I've seen some providers that seem to be stuck in time, with very low storage quotas. Why are there still providers that get really expensive when you add more storage and bring nothing new to the table? I can understand if you have a privacy oriented service and it makes it expensive, but why ask so much for a simple IMAP service?
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 08:31 AM   #2
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It's hard to imagine how these small paid providers make it when a basic Gmail account includes 15GB and all the other Googley stuff too. Unfortunately, with email providers the old adage "you get what you pay for" isn't always true in terms of bang for your buck.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 03:15 PM   #3
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I've seen some providers that seem to be stuck in time, with very low storage quotas. Why are there still providers that get really expensive when you add more storage and bring nothing new to the table? I can understand if you have a privacy oriented service and it makes it expensive, but why ask so much for a simple IMAP service?
My use case for such providers is as a secondary account, e.g. for receiving transactional emails.
Even few hundred MB is plenty in this case, especially when I don't need to keep all emails.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 03:31 PM   #4
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crypto email is pretty expensive for storage. for instance, PrivateMail requires $9/m for 10GB store. Hush mail requires $50/y for 10GB.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 03:33 PM   #5
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there is also the cheap solution. for example, inbox.eu has the plan of 3EUR/Y for 100GB.
https://www.inbox.eu/en/info/personal
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 04:01 PM   #6
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Who needs more? I have an (personal) email account since 1998 and now consume 3GB of storage.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 04:58 PM   #7
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Who needs more? I have an (personal) email account since 1998 and now consume 3GB of storage.
I do need.
My alumni mail (powered by gmail) has been used 696GB since I left the university.
see the screenshot:
https://tls-mail.com/data/gmailstore.png
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 06:00 PM   #8
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With exception of a couple of accounts, I am still living in the POP3 world. Download and delete to my client. I don't really need an every hour or even less access to my accounts. Once per day, maybe twice is plenty.

I do check accounts from an App, just to see what has be dropped in to Junk or Spam and then most often, put those emails back in my Inbox so when I pop the account there are download.

I checked my biggest IMAP account the Inbox has 97.16 MB, the Sent folder has 43.36 MB.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 06:50 PM   #9
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A couple of times a year I clear the clutter from my email archive, and there's a lot of it! I often delete a few GBs of old email. I have also been trying to keep my Inbox cleaner by quickly deleting things after reading or after they are no longer useful. Still, I end up with things like old email reminders, sale notices, old bills, etc. that can add up to a lot of space. I periodically think about maybe just deleting all my emails older than a year, and that would probably be OK for the most part and probably a lot safer in the long run. But, on the other hand, once in awhile I still look up something 10 or more years old and find great pleasure in reading it.
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Old 18 Mar 2021, 08:22 PM   #10
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My business address, [email protected], is currently using 325MB out of a 5GB quota.I find the person who needs more to be the exception rather than the rule.

On the subject of price, it's not all about the cost of storage. Running and maintaining mail servers takes a lot of work.
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Old 19 Mar 2021, 01:51 AM   #11
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For a primary email account, I would prefer to have a couple of GB as I have the habit of never deleting any emails (exceptions exist but are rare).

For a sort of "backup account" where I forward important emails to and where I require a better security, a couple of 100 MBs is more than enough.
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