Another gigabyte of free email on offer

Spymac, an internet community for Macintosh devotees, is giving away 1 gigabyte of email storage, trumping Google, which recently announced plans to offer its own 1 gigabyte email service, Gmail.

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By  Alex Malouf Published  April 16, 2004

Spymac, an internet community for Macintosh devotees, is giving away 1 gigabyte of email storage, trumping Google, which recently announced plans to offer its own 1 gigabyte email service, Gmail. Subscribers to Spymac Mail have had access to the 1 gigabyte of email storage since the beginning of April. Unlike Google’s Gmail Spymac does not use free e-mail accounts for advertising or keyword scanning. Spymac accounts also include 100 megabytes of web space, and 250 megabytes of picture storage. "We agree with the staff at Google, an increase in email storage to one gigabyte makes sense. We already have the infrastructure in place, so we can launch the first version of the service today," said Kevin April, Co-Founder of Spymac. The launch of Spymac’s free gigabyte accounts follows Google’s shock announcement of Gmail’s introduction, its own free 1 gigabyte email service. Gmail, currently undergoing testing, will offer subscribers the ability to search through their account to organize and find messages. The introduction of gigabyte email accounts such as Gmail and Spymac will surely signal changes to the free email business dominated by Yahoo and Microsoft’s Hotmail. Yahoo offers 4 megabytes of free email, charging $49.79 a year for 100 megabytes of storages, while Hotmail gives a paltry 2 free megabytes of storage and charges $10 dollars extra than Yahoo, $59.95, for 100 megabytes. “Yahoo and Hotmail may have to (give away more storage), if they want to stay in the game,” added April, who calculated that it would cost an average of $5 per person for 1 gigabyte of email storage. Spymac will be covering the costs of the free gigabyte offer through advertising, professional Web hosting, and auction services.

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