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Yahoo to offer unlimited email storage

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It seems that the big three, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, always have to compete with each other. When someone introduces a new feature, it is very likely that the other two companies will announce a similar feature that is slightly better than the feature that one of the other major players announced before.

It seems that companies are now competing to provide users with the most email storage. Microsoft has a storage limit of 2 Gigabytes for its users, while Google currently has a limit of 2.8 Gigabytes. Yahoo decided to rise to the challenge and give the competition something to choke on: today it says it will offer unlimited email storage to all of its users in the near future.

As someone who has seen a lot of unlimited deals in the past, I’m a bit wary of that ad. Let’s take a small example here. Yahoo currently has around 250 million users using its mail service. The worst case scenario for Yahoo would be if almost all of its users decided to use Yahoo Mail to send and store large files, such as vacation videos, presentations, and high-resolution images.

Let’s assume 1 Gigabyte per month per user, which would mean that Yahoo would need 250,000 Terabytes of storage space to keep up with the demands of its users. However, it is unrealistic for all users to upload 1 Gigabyte per month.

Surely there are many dead accounts and some use it only for normal emails. It remains to be seen if users will actually change the way they use the account based on the increased storage, or if there won’t be a huge increase in usage just because of that.

It will also be interesting to see how Yahoo will react if a user makes extensive use of storage. The past has shown that companies do not like that at all. Google, for example, temporarily bans users who upload more than 1 gigabyte to Gmail in a short time. John Cramer, vice president of mail for Yahoo, put it that way: “We’re confident that our users are well under 1 gigabyte, on average.”

Two countries are excluded from the agreement: China and Japan. The new service is supposed to be available in June.

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