Competition is Good

Google started the email arms race by giving GMail 1GB of storage. Yahoo! Mail countered with 100MB for free accounts and 2GB for paid accounts. And now FastMail antes up with increased storage and bandwidth.

If all that you care about is the cost of email storage, then FastMail isn’t right for you. But if you’re looking for an email provider that allows access via most email clients as well as the web, then FastMail is the one.

I think that most people will be happy with the member accounts - available for a one time fee of $14.95. It starts out a bit skimpy on storage, but you can purchase more for $24.95 per 100MB (also a one time fee).

I’ve enjoyed the member account for several years. But I’ve been bumping against it’s limitations of late. I was waiting to see FastMail’s response before choosing between upgrading my account or purchasing more storage. Now that I’ve seen it, I think that I’ll take advantage of the special member offer and upgrade to a full account.