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Yahoo to Offer Unlimited Email Storage 316

Josh Fink writes to tell us that Yahoo has announced that they will be offering unlimited email storage starting this coming May. The launch is all a part of Yahoo's ten year anniversary. While not all users will see their storage caps disappear right away Yahoo is promising that this feature will eventually reach their entire population.
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Yahoo to Offer Unlimited Email Storage

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  • by Harmonious Botch ( 921977 ) * on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:26PM (#18517563) Homepage Journal
    1) Offer backup services for a modest fee 2) Mail them to my yahoo account 3) profit
    • by iadude1010 ( 966243 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:39PM (#18517757)
      cp internet* mylogin@yahoo.com backups are good
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      mark this day on your calendar: the day slashdot died after Harmonious Botch discovered a way to effectively modify your original post by using the sig.
    • by goombah99 ( 560566 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @02:23PM (#18518367)
      The problem with GoogleFS was that it was a lot of work for relatively little, slow storage. Thus it's main utility -- offsite backups--was of little value. Now with unlimited E-mail storage the value of it for offsite backups is realizable. So would someone please create YahooFS so that I can mount my yahooMail-based file system on my desktop and drag my files across?

      Up until now I have been using my own hand rolled SlashdotFS. It works by encoding data into comments. It uses a Markov chain sentence generator to encode data in english looking sentences then writes them as comments in slashdot. I use a redudancy system to prevent data loss if comments are deleted. The other problem is that because the system is write-only, it's means lots of bandwidth for files I change frequently. Even so it works. But the results has been that I feel kinda guilty about all the gibberish comments I insert into slashdot. The good news is that because of the english markov sentence generator, no one can actually tell that it's data so they just think it's some person they need to begin flaming immediately.

      In the last version of the program I actually made the post somwhat on-topic by retraining the markov genewrator based on the word field distribution of the thread itself. Slightly slower, but then it looks like a conversation.

      I'd feel a lot less guilty if I could use YahooFS instead.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      Finally a storage that can hold all my porn!
    • Re:New business plan (Score:4, Informative)

      by Ngarrang ( 1023425 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @04:21PM (#18519865) Journal
      There has got to be some small print. It is Yahoo!, there's just gotta be.

      Personally, I would be happier if they would apply all their resources to better spam prevention. I had to retire my long-time Yahoo! account due to more spam than real messages. I dutifully reported all spam via the SPAM button, to no real effect. Yahoo's policies for putting ads in messages is also a tad disruptive.

      Yahoo has already lost me as a customer, but maybe this "unlimited" storage deal with draw some new untainted blood to them.
  • Nice idea. (Score:5, Funny)

    by crazyjeremy ( 857410 ) * on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:27PM (#18517577) Homepage Journal
    I am offering unlimited free $1 bills to anyone who leaves intelligent replies to this comment. While I may not send yours to you right away I will try to send it eventually.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:32PM (#18517647)
      I beg to disagree with your assertion that you will send unlimited $1 bills to posters of intelligent comments. I move that the set of all existing dollar bills is countable, since it has a one-to-one correspondence with the algebraic group Z. Ergo, by modus ponens, you cannot have unlimited dollar bills. If you did, a simple reductio ad absurdum dictates that they'd have no value, and therefore I would not want them anyway.
      • by Dunbal ( 464142 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:38PM (#18517745)
        If you did, a simple reductio ad absurdum dictates that they'd have no value, and therefore I would not want them anyway.

              Bravo Sir, stated like a true Nerd!

              PSST: I'll have his!
      • This lack of value assumes that everyone (or at least enough people) have unlimited $1 bills. If only you and the parent poster have unlimited $1 bills and everyone else in the world still has to work for their money as usual then it's not at all worthless and still quite the advantage.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by AndersOSU ( 873247 )
        Wouldn't that only be a problem if intelligent comments on slashdot were not countable? I've been counting since sometime in 2004, and I've still got plenty of unused fingers.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by cptgrudge ( 177113 )

          I've been counting since sometime in 2004, and I've still got plenty of unused fingers.

          Don't be modest. Everyone likes the smell of their own brand.

    • Re:Nice idea. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by icepick72 ( 834363 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:32PM (#18517649)
      Unlimited $1 bills, or unlimited pennies, or unlimited $20 bills, or unlimited flecks of gold ... does it really matter if indeed it is unlimited?
      • Yes, it matters. I'd much rather have 20 million dollars in $20 bills than in pennies.
      • Only if counting unlimited pennies and rolling them or storing unlimited $1 bills is worthwhile.

        I'd rather unlimited $20 bills or $50 bills please.

        How would this work? Would you just accept a phone call stating "I need more (insert monetary value of choice), please?". Do you ship for free or do you deduct the shipping amount from the amount you send? What if I just ask you to send me 100,000 $20 bills every day...would that work? Automatically assume I need more everyday and just ship.

        Or maybe I'm just
    • by Sosarian ( 39969 )
      I'll take your unlimited dollar bills, but I want free shipping and handling thrown in too.
    • I am offering unlimited free $1 bills
      Is that bill as in "bank note" or bill as in "invoice"?
  • by lecithin ( 745575 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:29PM (#18517595)
    One of my yahoo addresses I have had for about 9 years. I just opened it up and looked:

    Inbox - 7145 UNREAD messages (99% spam)
    Bulk - 2547 UNREAD messages (about 99% spam)

    Obviously, I don't use this account all that much. My point is that at least in my case, this extra storage will be just wasted.

    I read this as a marketing move that really won't do a thing for me or many of the other users.
    • by flynt ( 248848 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:35PM (#18517699)
      Isn't it killing you that you have 71 legit messages in there?
    • Of course it's a marketing move. Gmail's 2GB was also a marketing move. Many people won't fill 20 MB of e-mail in a year, but they'll still switch to a provider that offers large/unlimited mailboxes just so that they don't have to worry about running out of space.

      • by Splab ( 574204 )
        HA! 20MB? A lot of people fill that in a week. at work the central IT department has limited the amount of email you are allowed to have to 50MB. We get tons of support requests from people with filled up accounts.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by rhartness ( 993048 )
      Not really. They probably won't even increase the storage size of there servers any more than they typically do. My guess is that they've noticed that most users (probably in the neighborhood of 99.99%) aren't anywhere close to their max usage and that offering this 'feature' is good simply for advertising and attracting new customers. The really limit is the size of the individual emails themselves. If you are limited to 5MB of space/per email, you would have to have about 25k 5MB emails to fill one TB
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Zwaxy ( 447665 )
        1 TB is around 1,000GB or 1,000,000MB.

        1,000,000MB / 5MB = 200,000.

        I can't see how you could be wrong by a factor of 8. Can you? Did the 8-bits-per-byte thing trip you up? I can't see where else an 8 might have got involved here.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by suv4x4 ( 956391 )
      My point is that at least in my case, this extra storage will be just wasted.

      I wonder, when we're talking about unlimited and dynamic storage, can we ever talk about "extra storage being wasted". It kinda clashes with my logical units.

      They don't pre-allocate infinite number of bytes for your account, which will go "wasted".

      The only thing that changes is their marketing message, nothing really goes to waste, as the usage pattern of the majority of users won't change a zilch.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Pollardito ( 781263 )

        They don't pre-allocate infinite number of bytes for your account, which will go "wasted".
        they don't pre-allocate space, but the amount of spam that can accumulate in accounts that are effectively dead has no ceiling now. i wonder if they're limiting the amount of unread email that an account can accumulate just to give them a boundary that they can put onto accounts like that?
    • You prompted me to check my yahoo account as well. Here is what mine says:

      Your Yahoo! Mail account is no longer active.
      Why is my account inactive?

      Yahoo! Mail deactivated your mail account because:

      * You have not logged into your mail account during the past four months; or
      * You have requested that Yahoo! Mail deactivate your account.

      What does this mean?

      * All email messages, folders, attachments and preferences have been deleted and cannot be recovered.
      * All messages sent to ptomko

  • I've tried Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Mail Beta. They were actually my first email accounts. Somebody sent me a gmail invite a few years ago and I've never looked back. The yahoo interface is AWFUL.
    • So true. Not only that, but I configured Thunderbird to retrieve email from Gmail POP server, work like a charm for me and my miss. No more slow advertisement before to read my precious email, just one click on "Get" and voilà, it's all there for me.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by eln ( 21727 )
      I actually like the old Yahoo interface: it's simple, clear, and easy to use. Also, the ads are easy to block.

      The new Beta is terrible, though. It's slow as hell, and it's so cluttered with useless "Web 2.0" cruft that the actual viewing area for the message is ridiculously tiny. If they decide to switch to that format permanently, and don't give an option to keep using the old interface, I am going to have to stop using Yahoo for my email. That would really suck, since I've been using that email addres
      • FYI: The Yahoo beta also doesn't work in Mozilla v1.7, you need firefox 1.x and up.
      • by jimjamjoh ( 207342 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:44PM (#18517841)
        Except that yours is a minority opinion: CNET [cnet.com] and PC Magazine [pcmag.com] both gave glowing assessments.

        I use the new Y! Mail Beta too, and the reviews are right, it IS faster, and the "Web 2.0 cruft" that you disdain has markedly improved the usability of the interface (drag 'n drop messages into folders, yeah, who would want that?!).
        • I like the interface over the old one. But I find it to be much, much slower. My guess would be that there are numerous connections going on in the background.
          • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

            by jimjamjoh ( 207342 )
            It's dreadfully slow to load up, yes, because it's got so much javascript overhead on the front end. But that's a feature, not a flaw, because it's designed to just sit in a browser window/tab and never refresh the page, and once the initial loading is complete, it is MUCH faster to do repetitive email tasks, because the full page never reloads, just little pieces here and there via AJAX.

            So, just like a desktop app, you sacrifice a bit in start-up time to get an app that is more responsive and allows more
  • a cron job to run it and I can do an incremental backup EVERY night to my email account... pity my upstream bandwidth is so crap though...
  • by tekkguy ( 1006917 ) <crhodes@gmail . c om> on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:32PM (#18517653)
    I'd like a couple of those unlimited GB hard drives. You know, just in case I fill one of them up ... oh, wait. Nevermind.
  • Fantastic! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Dunbal ( 464142 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:33PM (#18517667)
    Great! Now I know where to store all that kittie po...uhh, nevermind.
  • Too Little Too Late (Score:5, Interesting)

    by deadmongrel ( 621467 ) * <karthik@poobal.net> on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:34PM (#18517675) Homepage
    I had been using yahoo Mail since 1997. Yahoo had the best(well atleast to me) email service for years. Then they decided to go with flash based in-your-face ads. Then they came up with an desktop client look-alike which was bulky and pain in the neck. I am never going back to yahoo mail.

    By sacrificing usability Yahoo! wanted to make a quick buck. Bad choice and unfortunately Yahoo! did not learn from hotmail. I am still amazed at how many people still use hotmail.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Amen. The "new" email interface is so slow and heavy.

      They pulled the same to crap to tv.yahoo.com.

      Yahoo should remember, "Don't fix it if it ain't broke!"
    • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @02:07PM (#18518153) Homepage Journal
      Yahoo and Gmail have two different approaches. Yahoo tries to be more integrated from the get go. Early on they provided a combination of email, full featured PIM, on line file storage and notepad. It's actually quite a useful set of features. I also like that I can synchronize PIM data with my PDA.

      Google's approach to integration is more incremental. They build an application more or less as a stand alone entity. The result is that if email is the only thing you really care about, Gmail provides a far cleaner interface.

      The pitfall with Yahoo's approach is that it is inherently more complex. It doesn't help that the first versions of their beta interface were horribly slow, but the worst decision was acting as if this were the late 90s and trying to be the user's portal to the Internet. Not that there is anything wrong with trying, but when the user wants his email, he doesn't want to wait for the top stories from sports and entertainment to load. Making the user wait for content he hasn't asked for to get content he has asked for was a bad, bad mistake.

      Overall Yahoo offers a better package of services. Google provides better individual services when it has a comparable offering. If you just want email, Google is the choice for you. Yahoo should be a viable alternative, but they've chosen to magnify the downsides of their offering.
    • I agree. Yahoo ruled back when Hotmail was it's only major contendor. They were offering 250 MB accounts when hotmail still has 2MB accounts. That and their spam blocking was about 100 times better than hotmail. The only way to block a reasonable amount of spam with Hotmail is to use the whitelist. I don't have any whitelists/blacklists for Yahoo and I hardly ever get spam in my inbox, despite getting tons of spam everyday. The clunky new interface is terrible. Good thing that's only beta and you can
    • by yog ( 19073 ) *
      I haven't noticed the usability decline that you cite. I used to pay for the premium Yahoo mail, then stopped paying when Google competition forced Yahoo to offer more storage. With Firefox and Flashblock, I don't notice any in-my-face flash ads, and the new beta interface is actually pretty good, with drag-n-drop capability which is actually rather cool. I don't understand why people in this forum are so negative about Yahoo; it's free, it works, and it ties in nicely with their many other services.

      A wh
  • More fodder for quantum computing?... another NP complete problem to add to the list...
  • by carlivar ( 119811 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:35PM (#18517703)
    Where does this anniversary stuff come from? Yahoo's 10 year anniversary was TWO YEARS AGO. Maybe this is a 12 year anniversary feature!
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      It's the 10 year anniversary of Yahoo email.
  • unlimited (Score:5, Insightful)

    by flynt ( 248848 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:37PM (#18517733)
    Whenever something says 'unlimited', don't you just want to know, "What really is the limit?"
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      If it really were "unlimited," they would probably attract more attention by saying "1 terabyte" or "10 terabytes" or "ONE MILLION terabytes." "Unlimited" just sounds less impressive than a huge limit.

      And for all those complaining about the ads on Gmail, try the CustomizeGoogle plug-in for Firefox. It even gets rid of the counter on the Spam box.
    • We at /. don't just want to know 'what really is the limit', we will find out shortly! They have some spam filter that's supposed to short-circuit account abuse, so just fly a bit under that amount of email and keep the flow constant. First to 100 GB wins!
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by tompaulco ( 629533 )
      Whenever something says 'unlimited', don't you just want to know, "What really is the limit?"
      Exactly. Like when I got my AmEx card and they said no limit (and still advertise as such on their commercials), I found that the limit was somewhere under $2000 because they wouldn't approve my charging a laptop on my AmEx. I eventually was able to raise my unlimited limit by faxing them a copy of my bank statement showing available funds in the bank.
      • by Altus ( 1034 )

        2 grand for an unlimited card? was that a balance limit or a single transaction limit?

        that seems totally absurd to me. I had a higher credit limit than that on my Master Card when I first got it.
    • Just like the pancake house down the street says all you can eat, but they put the breaks on at 13ths.

      Someone somewhere has just started work on an app. to "backup" your data to yahoo mail. By backup I mean a bittorrent app that never writes the bits to your own drive.

      I kid, the service is so slow they'd never get into the double digits before closing.
    • Re:unlimited (Score:5, Interesting)

      by amazon10x ( 737466 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @03:42PM (#18519401)
      There's only one way to find out! I set up an account but it might take a bit to hit the "Unlimited" status. However, it starts at 1GB so we might as well get started right away. Send mail to TheLimitAsSlash.Approaches@yahoo.com [mailto]. Be sure to add attachments!
  • by Ginger Unicorn ( 952287 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:39PM (#18517761)
    i just had to switch to gmail today ,as yahoo decided to start charging £12 a year for POP access.


    • I thought they started charging for pop3 access way back in 2002. I loved pop3 access since you can avoid all the junk ads on screen.

    • You've done exactly what they wanted you to.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by suv4x4 ( 956391 )
      i just had to switch to gmail today ,as yahoo decided to start charging £12 a year for POP access.

      Very smart move, when gmail starts charging for POP3, will you move again? You always pay, one way or the other, if you honestly believe Google will forever let you use gmail without looking at their ads or paying them something, you're delusional.

      It's simple: put your mailboxes on your own domain, and pay for hosting on that domain. You pay, but you have full control over the mailboxes, and you
      • by N7DR ( 536428 )
        if you honestly believe Google will forever let you use gmail without looking at their ads or paying them something, you're delusional.

        Not necessarily. Google doesn't need to make money from every user of their gmail service. They're smart people, so I'm sure they have already calculated some threshold for the percentage of people who use POP3 access to gmail, above which they will start to charge. As long as the number of people using POP3 is small (for some value of "small"), I don't think it necessar

      • by geobeck ( 924637 )

        ...if you honestly believe Google will forever let you use gmail without looking at their ads...

        Um... Gmail does "make you look at their ads". They're over to the right. Subtle, text-only, context-focused ads. And with the context focus, I've actually followed a couple of them when they were relevant to the conversation.

      • by kosmosik ( 654958 ) <kos&kosmosik,net> on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @03:58PM (#18519599) Homepage
        Side note: actually you can use GMail with your own domain. You just point your DNS server to serve MX records pointing to Google servers and use Google Apps For Your Domain for free with usual GMail account (web, pop, smtp access). I am using it right now with my private domain and I am perfectly happy with it. The servers are fast. Never I've occured any downtime. No ads (I use POP mainly). Spam filters are excellent. Also it is nice that when I decide to use GMail via webmail all my sent mail is also there! GMail (for your domain) rules here.

        So maybe just get a domain, use Google to serve mail for that domain and then *if* Google decides to charge you for POP access *then* get mail hosting somwhere else. At least you will keep your domain and addresses.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by kiwimate ( 458274 )
      i just had to switch to gmail today ,as yahoo decided to start charging £12 a year for POP access.


      Right, imagine the nerve...they decided to start charging a nominal fee for a specific remote method of access to their otherwise entirely free e-mail service.

      Fine, decide it's not worth it, either dispense with the service or graciously move to a different service. But why be petty about it and call them names?

      And, as you say, there's always a price. Same with gmail. You're the consumer; decide
    • by xappax ( 876447 )
      Then you'll be wanting to check out YPOPs! [ypopsemail.com], which provides a POP3 interface for Yahoo webmail.
  • hmm (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Knara ( 9377 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:40PM (#18517777)

    I wonder if this will fall under the "in our contract it doesn't legally say 'unlimited' " bit. I still get annoyed when I think back to the days of dialup when an ISP I used that advertised unlimited connection times sent me a nasty email because I stayed online for days at a time without disconnecting, saying that "unlimited doesn't mean unmetered"... as if that mattered to me... metering only is an issue when I pay for something according to the meter reading.

    Anyway, I don't really see this as a huge boon. I don't even use 1% of either my gmail or my yahoo account. Are there really people who NEED 10gig+ mail storage?

  • by Coraon ( 1080675 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:41PM (#18517795)
    ok, so how about this one? 1) Pirate a piece of data 2) Upload to yahoo mail account 3) Share the user id and pass with people you want to share. 4) ... 5) profit?
  • (re: Men's Wearhouse "2-fer sale") "Hey folks, two of SHIT is SHIT. If they really wanted to fuck you, they'd give you three of these things."
  • Spammers (Score:4, Insightful)

    by BrianPan ( 786919 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:44PM (#18517847)

    I'll write the followup headline...

    Yahoo to Offer Unlimited Email Storage, Spammers Rejoice

    What, did they really think the users would be filling the extra space?

  • Woohoo.dumb (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Junior J. Junior III ( 192702 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:49PM (#18517907) Homepage
    Nothing like childish, wild-eyed stupidity to spark another .com bubble. It was brainlessly exhuberant promises with no tangible means to deliver that caused the crash in 2000, and apparently Yahoo has learned nothing.

    Well, maybe they have -- they survived the first crash, and swallowed a whole bunch of smaller companies in the process. Companies that had smart, innovative ideas but not enough capital to sustain themselves through a bleak period. Could it be that this is what Yahoo! is hoping will happen again?
  • Fantastic! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CranberryKing ( 776846 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @01:53PM (#18517967)
    Now I can procrastinate phasing off yahoo!mail even longer.

    Storage doesn't matter anymore. Three features gmail has that kills yahoo!mail
    1. Still force mandatory spam tags on outgoing mail.
    2. Still have cap on attachment size (I want to send huge numanuma song video as attachment to the world).
    3. Interface still sucks (even the beta).

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by sootman ( 158191 )
      'Sucks' is in the eye of the beholder. Here are my favorite Yahoo! features that kill Gmail:
      - one click to sort by sender, size, date, subject*
      - I can open messages in tabs or new windows

      Paid-for service removes on-screen and in-message ads. I'm sure some people see it as a shortcoming of Gmail that they *don't* give the option to pay money for no ads. $20/year? The service is good and I don't mind paying for extra features (more storage, more filters, no ads in outgoing messages, choice of return addresses
  • by Nonillion ( 266505 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @02:05PM (#18518125)
    Sorry, but I think my current Gmail's 2833 MB of storage ought to be enough for anyone.
  • while [ 1 ]; do
    od -h /dev/mem | mail someuser@yahoo.com
    • why not use /dev/urandom instead of /dev/mem, which could be a potential security risk... just sayin, ya know?
  • by loimprevisto ( 910035 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @02:34PM (#18518529)
    I don't come anywhere close to filling up my current yahoo mailbox because of the annoyingly low maximum size of file attachments. If I could easily use this unlimited storage to send file attachments of a useful size, then this might actually be a helpful thing for me.
    Perhaps its because of a limited exposure to web email sites, but I seem to be one of the few people who likes Yahoo!'s interface... the only other web mail address I have is at http://www.abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklm nopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk.com/ [abcdefghij...fghijk.com] and that's not practical for ever day use.

    Hmm... reading all the comments here has me interested in trying something new. Would someone please send me a gmail invite to loimprevisto at yahoo.com?
  • ...is the simple fact that current data access speeds are so slumber that for all practical abuses of yahoo mail, you won't get benefit from it.

    "Unlimited" means they have enough disk space for all the e-mails all average Joes and Janes will be able to send in 4-5 years. For the guys thinking "bittorrent drive" and similar "innovations" - Comcast will make it unusable.
  • FUSE and Yahoo? (Score:3, Informative)

    by FuryG3 ( 113706 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @02:43PM (#18518643)

    So, FUSE [sourceforge.net] (Filesystem in Userspace), which can be run on a number of platforms, allows you to mount your Gmail account like a drive. If you copy data to this disk, it uploads it to your Gmail account as a message/attachment. So now you have a ~3GB hosted virtual drive, albeit with pretty slow access speeds... Pretty wild stuff.

    Unlimited messagees on Yahoo makes me hope someone is working on a libYmail component, allowing FUSE to do the same with Yahoo Mail. Got a 15 gigs of TV shows/movies/porn which you've been thinking about deleting anyway? Let Yahoo have them!

    From this other article [techcrunch.com]:

    Users are subject to Yahoo's abuse policies, which requires users to follow "normal email practices" and not engage in activities like using Yahoo mail for basic online storage (a number of services have popped up to help people use Gmail for this purpose). Abusive accounts will not be summarily deleted - users will be notified by Yahoo and/or accounts suspended, but users will still have access to the data.

    If you get caught, Yahoo seems to allow you to pull the data back down. If they won't (I'm going to guess they're going to change that policy pretty quick), then oh well, you were going to delete that stuff anyway! :)

  • by suggsjc ( 726146 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @02:50PM (#18518745) Homepage
    I haven't read the article or Yahoo!'s terms of agreements, but what does unlimited *really* mean? Not that I would want to, but just say I automated a script that went around the net and automatically send email with pseudo random pics/video's/other large media as attachments. Or I sent nightly backups of my entire filesystem (I know bandwidth becomes a limiting factor, but still).

    How much "stuff" do I have to start throwing in my inbox before they raise a red flag and either ban the account or throttle my upload speed? Unlimited is a tricky word. It can actually mean different things (kinda). For instance I can say I allow unlimited refills at a restaurant, but it really means unlimited for that day. When they close and reopen the next day you'll have to buy another cup to get your "unlimited" refills.

    All that to say, I'm sure that somewhere there are probably clauses that will greatly restrict their definition of "unlimited." Does anyone know what/where they are?
  • Does it come with unlimited "skyscraper" ads? That's the question. Seriously, why would anyone use anything but GMail anymore?
  • by Russ Nelson ( 33911 ) <slashdot@russnelson.com> on Wednesday March 28, 2007 @03:37PM (#18519335) Homepage
    Gee, I'm surprised that Rediffmail's
    announcement of unlimited email storage didn't make Slashdot.

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