YahoomailSome of you have said that you’d never have a reason to switch back to Yahoo Mail – you tried them, left them, and you’re not going back.  In May of this year, Yahoo will start unrolling unlimited email storage to all of their customers. Is that enough to go running over there? According to the recent poll that we started, probably not.

In our poll (you can still vote in the left side-bar), we are asking, how much storage do you actually use? The number one answer with 54 votes is 0–10 MB with 51–200 MB in a close second with 53 votes, and 201–500 MB in third with 51 votes.  The majority of people for this poll use between 0–200 MB of storage. They don’t need the heaps of storage that are currently offered, let alone unlimited space.

So will it really be the endless supply that will attract users? And now that Yahoo has made the move to unlimited storage, you can bet others will be quick to follow.  What will set these services apart? The only real big advantage that I can see for most people will come in the longer term, years from now in like 2020 when people are able to go back to their old email archives from 2007.

As mentioned, this expansion will start in May as Yahoo Mail is coming up on their 10 year anniversary. Yodel Anecdotal points out a few interesting stats:

  • Yahoo Mail launched 10 years ago with 4 MB of storage for each user (that wouldn’t last long today!)
  • Their total capacity for mail at that time was 200 GB for all of their customers combined
  • Now people send and receive pictures in their mail that are as big as the original 4MB offered.

Yahoo mentions that they will be introducing this slowly over several months to make sure the process is smooth. The only way I could see another service one-upping them at this point would be to offer unlimited attachment size.  So far I haven’t read anything about Yahoo increasing their allowance for attachment sizes with the increase in storage space.

Good move for Yahoo, but will it make that big of a difference? With that, who will be next to jump the gun and offer unlimited space?

Source: Thanks CoryC!