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Lycos launch 1 GB email service

   
10:35 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Said Alex Kovach, Lycos European VP: "We are delighted to be the first to offer our LYCOS email customers and internet users a 1GB service. We will be interested to see when our competitors can offer the service that we already provide with a sustainable business model to underpin it."

[theregister.co.uk...]

10:38 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Plenty of storage but who is going to pay over 40 a year when Gmail is free?
11:10 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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GMail is free at the moment. But we don't know what's coming in a few months when GMail is out of beta. I think an ad-free solution for money will definetly come.

And getting 1 GB of space for free exists almost nowhere. Or are there any webspace providers that offer that much for free?

12:15 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i've gotten my spymac service to work (finally) but it sucks. it's always slow and sometimes i can only access it via pop, and sometimes i can only receive messages and not send them. i'll try this one out but I have a feeling that when all is said and done gmail will be king. don't forget that google started this train turned bandwagon :)
1:13 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I found Spymac to be VERY slow and unreliable. When I tried to sign up, their signup app crashed effectivly locking out my chosen username. After a couple days, I eventually was able to sign up with a different username, but then the site seemed riddled with errors. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

As for Lycos, every time I get sucked into a Lycos web site, I typically close down IE, open a new IE session, and surf elsewhere. Lycos is so riddled with popups and stupid "capture the monkey" type ads that the experience is simply annoying. Maybe their paid service is better, but so far, I have found NOTHING that compares to the speed and elegance of Gmail. Yes, it's lacking a few features, but so far, I'm sold. Gmail's ads are so unobtrusive and so relevent that I'll gladly accept THAT kind of advertizing over Lycos'.

11:17 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Again, sort of off topic, but incamail is really a unique service that I don't think I could live without.

Yes, it's only 6MB, but I use it for sorting, and then forward out.

I would love to see another provider utilize this tech (although I believe it's patented) with more space.

It's pretty simple, they give you keywords to add to your username. In otherwords, if you have an account, widgetdood@incamail.com, you assign 'subkeywords' that allow you to sort things. If you're signing up for an ebay account, you may sign up with the address widgetdood.ebay@incamail.com - if you're signing up for a free service which you think might spam you, you can use widgetdood.spam@incamail.com... etc.. basically, presorting the mail for you. Then when you log in to your account, it is, of course, split into those sub keywords.

It's nice. Just another one of those good ideas that may not go anywhere.

2:43 am on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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sub keywords

Not sure about the other mail servers, but qmail has this functionality pretty much built in. I use jake-<variable>@domain.com all of the time. You don't even have to do anything to have it work, either - you just start assigning <variables> at random.

Helps to sort out who's selling your email addy, too. ;-)

5:50 am on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I would love to see another provider utilize this tech (although I believe it's patented) with more space.

It's pretty simple, they give you keywords to add to your username. In otherwords, if you have an account, widgetdood@incamail.com, you assign 'subkeywords' that allow you to sort things. If you're signing up for an ebay account, you may sign up with the address widgetdood.ebay@incamail.com

Er like gmail? username+keyword@gmail.com works with gmail.

As for Lycos's 1GB, well with Gmail I have 1TB :)

6:33 am on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow. Thanks Eaden, I just tested it and it worked. I had no idea...
10:25 am on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[lycos.de...]

Lycos starts 1GB email in Germany as well. Monthly fee is 4.90 EUR. Curious when the first major providers offer it for free like GMail does.

11:58 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Eaden that so does not work. What made you say it does?
4:06 am on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hmm... it doesn't work when you send it from your own account that is.
12:26 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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But it DOES work if I send it from a non-Gmail account. What we really need to do is test it "Gmail-to-Gmail". I only have one Gmail account, so would someone else who has a Gmail account send a test message to me at jim.barr+test at gmail.com? I'll then send a response condirming receipt.

I swear I received several emails addressed this way from people with Gmail accounts.

12:31 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>> Plenty of storage but who is going to pay over 40 a year when Gmail is free?

..and why use gmail when you can have ze on your own pc with all the GBs of your hard drive and no ads?

12:35 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well if you change your ISP then webmail is really useful. Also, you can access it anywhere in the world.