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    gmail alternatives?

    I think google's really taking it too far with the new privacy policy. Time to drop out.

    What are the alternatives? Are there any trustworthy and reliable email providers?
    I wouldn't mind paying a little if the services is good.

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    I started with Hotmail, moved to Yahoo then gmail. Now I run my own email server because I wasn't particularly happy with any of them. gmx is another possibility.
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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    I use fastmail and I recommend it. What's nice is there really aren't any ads. Some higher bandwith is for pay, though.

    Curious to know if anyone else uses this or has heard of it.

    Also, what are some specific points to the new privacy policy that have you considering a switch? I haven't read up on it yet.
    Last edited by monkeyKata; February 12th, 2012 at 07:17 PM.

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    I use fastmail too. I was using Yahoo mail but left them when they forced the upgrade to the new Yahoo mail and tried to force a privacy policy change on everyone.

    Fastmail is good, but the free service has limited space and bandwidth. Works well for me though.

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyKata View Post
    I use fastmail and I recommend it. What's nice is there really aren't any ads. Some higher bandwith is for pay, though.

    Curious to know if anyone else uses this or has heard of it.
    I've been using FastMail.FM for years. As well as using several of their domains for my email I also host my own domains there, use their DNS, store files and even hosted a simple website at one time. They're now owned by Opera Software so they aren't likely to disappear unexpectedly. Yes, I do pay for the extras but they work well.

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    GMX is reliable in my experience:

    http://www.gmx.com/

    I agree fully with the OP about the google privacy policy changes.


    see here:http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...80P1YC20120127

    They are not changing the privacy policy for the benefit of service users, they are changing it to improve profiling of users and better targetting of users with advertising which they call "improving the user experience"!!!

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by m4lte View Post
    I think google's really taking it too far with the new privacy policy. Time to drop out.

    What are the alternatives? Are there any trustworthy and reliable email providers?
    I wouldn't mind paying a little if the services is good.
    http://www.hushmail.com/

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    http://lavabit.com has an awesome privacy policy!

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    I got fed up with all the changes with yahoo also, and hate their new interface. And didn't like google mail's interface or the way they're moving with privacy. Did a lot of looking around, and picked:

    zoho.com

    Pretty happy so far. Lots of reviews out there.

    And, just looked at lavabit, looks interesting.
    Last edited by aeronutt; February 12th, 2012 at 02:47 PM.

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    Re: gmail alternatives?

    Have my own email server using Zimbra on Ubuntu 10.04 but still use my gmail account as a sort of catch all account for stuff I don't want to put my personal email address on.
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