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New Web-Mail Provider Arrives, Lacks "Storage Appeal"
New Web-Mail Provider Arrives, Lacks "Storage Appeal"

The latest player seeking a piece of the Web mail market is ICQ, owned by America Online, which will be releasing the subscription-based service this week, at a cost of $19.99 per year. The service includes 2GB of storage, a calendar feature, task manager, notepad, wireless access, and support for both POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol).

Analysts are saying the services offered by ICQ make it a real rival to companies like Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google, whose Gmail is still in beta testing.

The service also includes spam filtering and blocking, protection against viruses and a 20MB ceiling on files sent or received. The service offers a feature that translates messages into seven languages, the ability to compress large attachments and WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) support for access from a mobile device. ICQ, based in Tel Aviv, is partnering with Mail2World Inc., based in Los Angeles, to provide these Web mail services.

Other features can be had if one is willing to pay for them. One such extra cost feature lets users send e-mail messages to wireless devices that support SMS (Short Message Service). Another one is a video e-mail service that can be used by subscribers who have a Webcam attached to their PCs; the Web mail interface has VCR-like controls to record the message, which recipients in turn can play back without additional software on Windows-based PCs.

The company will announce as it rolls out its new service, changes to it existing free Web mail service. The Spartan service has been transformed. Ronen Arad, ICQ director of product management, said the new service would include features like enhanced message search functionality, virus and spam protection, more ways to manage inbox messages, such as a new folder for drafts and a sent-mail confirmation feature. However, inbox storage for the free service, at only 6MB, is low compared with other providers.

 

About Jeremy Geelan
Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Reader Feedback: Page 1 of 1

Well it's a little pricey but I don't have broadband so it's almost worth it to me. Plus I can wrap it up and regift it for xmas.

I am not sure what you are talking about it looks like $29.95 for CDs and documentation for both Firefox and OpenOffice.

6MB!? This offering comes about 12 months too late. Sorry ICQ, but in this case I don't CQ. and nor will anyone else. Not for free,and CERTAINLY not for twenty bucks.




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