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Maktoob offers bigger mailbox for users

Regional e-mail provider Maktoob.com has stolen a march on the big boys, by claiming to be the first to offer a 1GB storage facility for users.

Regional e-mail provider Maktoob.com has stolen a march on the big boys, by claiming to be the first to offer a 1GB storage facility for users.

Since Google’s announcement of its Gmail service, which will give 1GB of storage free to users, other free e-mail service providers have been struggling to catch up. Microsoft last month announced plans to boost its free storage facilities from 2 MB to 250 MB, with 2 GB for its paid e-mail service, while Yahoo will offer 100 MB free, 2 GB paid-for.

As Gmail so far is only available to a select few, Maktoob.com is claiming to be the first provider worldwide to offer a free 1GB mailbox service. “Thanks to recent advances in internet technology, our latest development will further reinforce the maturity achieved by the Arab internet industry and puts us in the league of top international players,” said Hussam Khoury, president and chief technology officer for Maktoob.com. “It also underlines the fact that the Arab world remains firm on course in becoming an international online powerhouse.”

As well as the 1GB storage facility, Maktoob.com’s solution will allow users to send e-mail attachments of up to 50 MB through their accounts. The free facility also comes with features such as anti-virus support, the company said. Maktoob.com specialises in bi-lingual e-mail services.

However, Spymac, an internet community for Macintosh devotees, has been offering 1 GB of e-mail storage since April this year, as well as 100 MB of web space and 250 MB of picture storage.

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