Comparison of Paid Email Solutions
Compiled by Lukas Koster and Viraj Siriwardena with the cooperation of the members of EmailDiscussions.com Forum. Last update: November 15, 2002
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Email Service Hotmail Extra Storage Yahoo! Premium Runbox FastMail Member FastMail Full FastMail Enhanced MailSnare Standard MailSnare Enhanced
                 
Setup fee None None None USD 14.95 USD 14.95 USD 14.95 None None
Annual fee USD 19.95 USD 29.99 USD 29.95 No USD 19.95 USD 39.95 USD 14.95 USD 19.95
Lifetime option No No USD 199.95 Not applicable No No No No
                 
Webmail Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mandatory newsletter Weekly None None None None None None None
On site advertisements Yes Yes None None None None None None
Message tagline advertisements Yes None None None None None None None
                 
Mailbox storage 10MB 4MB 100MB 16MB 50MB 150MB 35MB 50MB
Mailing list attachments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maximum attachment size 1.5MB 5MB 20MB 10MB 10MB 10MB 10MB 50MB
Maximum attachment number Unlimited 3 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
                 
Virus scanning McAfee VirusScan Norton AntiVirus No Kaspersky AntiVirus Kaspersky AntiVirus Kaspersky AntiVirus RAV Antivirus RAV Antivirus
Message reject No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Block sender by deleting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bounce message back to sender No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
                 
Spam reporting No No No No No No Yes Yes
Spam protection filter Bulk folder Bulk folder No No SpamAssasin SpamAssasin TMDA / Blacklists TMDA / Blacklists
Monthly bandwidth limit Unlimited Unlimited 3000MB 80MB 200MB 750MB 500MB 1000MB
Automatic trash can disposal / purge Daily disposal Daily disposal No No No No Yes Yes
                 
Spelling checker Multi Language Multi Language English English English English English English
Bcc message sending No No No No No No Yes Yes
Message recipient limit 25 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Change sender address No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                 
Address book groups Yes Yes No 10 per Group Yes Yes Yes Yes
Address book entries limit 250 5000 Unlimited 200 500 1000 Unlimited Unlimited
Address book synchronization Windows address book Yes No No No No No No
Address book import and export No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                 
Mail checker MSN Messenger Yahoo! Messenger No FastCheck FastCheck FastCheck No No
Instant messaging MSN Messenger Yahoo! Messenger No No No No No No
Email client access Outlook / Outlook Express POP IMAP / POP IMAP IMAP / POP IMAP / POP IMAP / POP IMAP / POP
Send messages using SMTP Outlook / Outlook Express Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                 
Message filters Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Filter by header No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Filter by message size No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto response / vacation reply No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                 
Mail redirection No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mail forwarding No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mail forwarding filter Not applicable No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Simultaneous automatic mail fetch and forward Not applicable Not applicable Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
                 
External mail access accounts 4 3 Unlimited 4 10 20 20 20
Manual external mail collection POP POP POP Hotmail / POP Hotmail / POP Hotmail / POP IMAP / POP IMAP / POP
Automatic external mail check on login No No No No No No No No
Automatic scheduled external mail collection No No POP Hotmail / POP Hotmail / POP Hotmail / POP IMAP / POP IMAP / POP
                 
Own sub domain No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alias email addresses No No Yes 1 3 5 2 5
Restrictions on alias names Not applicable Not applicable No Yes Yes Yes No No
Identities for sending messages 1 1 Unlimited 3 8 100 Unlimited Unlimited
                 
SMS No No No No No No No No
PDA / WAP No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Mobile alerts Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
International SMS No No No No No No No No
                 
Website MSN Groups Yahoo! Geocities No No No No No No
File storage MSN Groups Yahoo! Briefcase No No No No 5MB 10MB
DAV access No No No No No No No No
Mailing list manager No No No No No No No No
                 
Notepad No Yes No 50 pages Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Reminders Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Task manager Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
                 
Voicemail No No No No No No No No
Fax services No No No No No No No No
Uptime reliability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Customer support Online form Email Email / Forum Forum Online form / Forum Online form / Forum Email / Forum Email / Forum
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