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The Internets are buzzing about this free email service 30Gigs.com, that plans to give people 30 gigabytes of email storage, aka 15 times what Google offers with its Gmail service. The new service shows how commoditized the hardware, especially storage has become. Still, as may grandfather […]

The Internets are buzzing about this free email service 30Gigs.com, that plans to give people 30 gigabytes of email storage, aka 15 times what Google offers with its Gmail service. The new service shows how commoditized the hardware, especially storage has become. Still, as may grandfather used to say, nothing in life is free. Not even email. I urge readers to use caution when signing up for this service. Couple of things to make you pause before you sign-up. Neowin users are pointing them out.

In addition, if you do a whois look-up on their domain name, you find it was registered only on September 21, 2005. Makes you wonder how robust this service is going to be, given is brief life thus far. (Maybe I am reaching….!) I did a quick look-up of the “physical address” and the company is based in a “corporate housing complex” in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Still, the idea of free 30 gigs of storage, is quite tempting… imagine what you could do with it!

Update: Since I first posted, the site has gone offline. I tracked down the man behind the company, Dan Saltzman, spoke to him, on his Louisiana area-code phone #, but did not get too satisfactory answers on this. When I asked him, how they are going to pay for it, he said, “we have a method of paying for it.”

  1. [...] Check out Om’s blog entry before you sign up. [...]

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  2. Om,

    I think you are making too much out of this. While 30 GBs might be nice to have, I am sure you are limited as G-mail is to only importing a certain amount of data at any one time (so as not to become a haven for digital media backups). If it does not have features that Yahoo has been touting then it is just another commodity.

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  3. yeah, I think you have fallen into their marketing ploy. this is one of those fly-by-night operations. Although your comment on commoditized hardware may be partially true, I can assure you this will not scale (assuming users actually used that much space). The major fallacy here is that no one is running out of gmail space.

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  4. i think if you read – i am urging caution here because of precisely those reasons. anyway thanks for your comments.

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  5. It’s funny, they really use Squirrelmail, I know the URL to the files since I use it myself and I took some nice screenshots, see here: http://nodomain.cc/archives/404-30gigs.com.html (german, but just click on the numbers behind “siehe Screenshots”)

    Still wondering what guys are behind 30gigs.com…

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  6. I wouldn’t use these guys because I already have enough email addresses, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that a company could get by with a model like this. People would most likely sign up for the 30 gig limit, but most people will never even hit a gig. It’s just like Verio overselling their hosting space by several times actual capacity based on the fact that nobody hits their theoretical limits.

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  7. Beyond file storage I don’t think its going to be of any utility since everyone has a email account and doesn’t want to migrate to an account who’s stability is questionable. But if they can afford 30gig storage space for free, then probably they would be better off providing free storage. with all this talk about web2.0, i can do with a online file system for storage. Perhaps gdrive which incidentally is booked by google.

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  8. 30Gigs.com

    2G de quota no gmail? Pff, isso é para meninas. Comparado com os 30G de quota oferecido aqui, o Gmail é insignificante :) GeoTarget Advertising é apenas um pormenor. Adenda: parece ser fake….

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  9. Email de 30 giga ?

    Para quem ainda não está satisfeito com os 2.5 giga do Gmail, tem gente oferecendo contas de e-mail de 30 gigas. Mas antes de correr para o site, algumas coisas que o Om conta: o domínio do site foi registrado…

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  10. sorry om, didn’t mean to sound harsh… i understand you’re not necessarily supporting them.

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