Yahoo to offer "unlimited" mail storage

By Justin Mann on March 28, 2007, 11:10 AM
We all know the pitfalls of promising unlimited anything, which is truly impossible. However, it's still a good eye catcher, and to that end Yahoo is looking to boost users of their mail service by offering unlimited storage. They have lagged a bit behind Google for a while in terms of account storage capacity, reaching 1GB a few years ago. How much is “unlimited”, though? Well, according to the article, ages ago they had the capacity for over 200GB per account:

"I remember getting in a room to plan our RocketMail launch over a decade ago and worrying that our original plan of a 2MB quota wasn’t enough, and that we needed to be radical and DOUBLE the storage to 4MB per account," said Yahoo! Mail's John Kremer. "It’s ironic that I routinely send and receive individual mail attachments bigger than that now. Our total capacity for mail accounts back then was 200GB for all of our customers. At Yahoo!, we’re now receiving more inbound mail than that every 10 minutes."
However, they have more accounts than any other provider today. That space can't be cheap, for sure. Unlimited never is, but it's quite possible they may offer more than 99% of people could ever use. At least, in today's terms. Five years from now, 2GB might be considered a bare minimum.

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captaincranky said:
I'm reading something different out of the quote from Yahoo."200 gigabytes for all of our customers". Not 200GB for each of our customers.
thrudd said:
Ah, the wonders of the english language and selective reading skills. You are correct in what you point out captain.I wonder though is anyone has actually done any data analysis regarding account size cross referenced to activity levels and message size. When someone uses the 99% number, are they pulling out of somewhere damp and dark? XDMind you, number crunching would quickly reveal a fact usually well hidden or obfuscated .... the number of "dead" accounts which are included in the grand totals. ;)
tomerbd said:
Now that Yahoo is unlimited in mailbox size, dont be limited by the attachment 10MB file size, you can send any file with any file size to your email account with a simple right click and send file (including yahoo). The freeware will automatically split and merge the file. You can also send whole folders to your email account as it will zip them up. The software is called Backup To EMail and you can download it from [url][/url]
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