Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:03 UTC
Google

So there you have it - ads are very likely going to be part of Gmail soon. After all, it seems almost silly to not monetize a core app with an absolutely massive install base - between 500 million and a billion. I just hope these ads won't be overly intrusive, and from the looks of things, the Gmail team is approaching the situation with care.

Ads on my Android Gmail application? Seriously, Google?

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your own mail
by Janvl on Sun 29th Sep 2013 08:53 UTC
Janvl
Member since:
2007-02-20

I do not understand why someone should want gmail.
For about € 10 (one time payment) and the cost of a domain (depends where) about € 8 to € 20 a year.
You can get 5 mail-accounts and 30 email-addresses, no adds, no google or whoever.
Run it with webmail and you do not even need a mailclient.

OK it is not free, but free from trouble.

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RE: your own mail
by rklrkl on Sun 29th Sep 2013 09:22 in reply to "your own mail"
rklrkl Member since:
2005-07-06

There are quite a few reasons why people use Gmail:

* It's free.
* It has a Web interface.
* It has an app to go with it.
* It has a *lot* of free storage.
* It's unlikely to "go away" (e.g. Google go bust, get taken over, renamed etc.).
* High speed/availability due to Google Data Centres.
* You can set up as many accounts as you like if you're so inclined.
* It has pretty good spam filters.
* Supports IMAP should you want to avoid GMail's interface.
* Once you've got a Gmail account (and historically that was the first Google product with registration that most people used prior to Android), the same credentials work with all the other Google properties (especially the Play store if you're on Android).

I suspect the average user isn't going to hunt down a cheap mail hosting deal if they don't want GMail - they're more likely to pick a free mail competitor to GMail (MS, Yahoo etc.).

Edited 2013-09-29 09:23 UTC

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RE[2]: your own mail
by tkeith on Mon 30th Sep 2013 13:36 in reply to "RE: your own mail"
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Seriously, doesn't anyone remember what we had before Gmail? Remember 80mb limits? Gmail has ads forever, why should mobile be exempt? The internet runs off ads, just like TV, newspapers, ect. Get over it.

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RE: your own mail
by Delgarde on Sun 29th Sep 2013 20:28 in reply to "your own mail"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

I do not understand why someone should want gmail.
For about € 10 (one time payment) and the cost of a domain (depends where) about € 8 to € 20 a year.
You can get 5 mail-accounts and 30 email-addresses, no adds, no google or whoever.
Run it with webmail and you do not even need a mailclient.

OK it is not free, but free from trouble.


Normal people don't run their own mail servers. Normal people don't even know what a mail server is. Yours is a solution for an infinitesimally small percentage of the smartphone-using population...

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