Increase storage or create a an email downloading vault to store old emails and free space in the account!
Jonathan David Arndt commented
As suggested, an email downloading vault to store old emails is available when using POP3 and Thunderbird (or similar desktop client).
ProtonMail currently supports IMAP (sync across devices), but does not support POP3 (downloading only).
If you voted to increase storage, I would also encourage you to vote for the idea "POP3." from user kdemeoz:
Aarón Mena commented
It would be nice to have the option to pay for an upgrade in storage in the free plan.
I understend that the mantainance, the installation, the resources and the work has to be paid. But I think a good plan would be adding this option, with a good monthly/year/ offer, with at least 1Gb option to expand. It would be more atractive for people.
Thanks for your time.
Leonard Umina commented
Agree. Storage is the reason I don't have a paid account. I have 100GB at Gooogle for $2/month. I'd be willing to cut that down to use protonmail, but not to 5 GB! All I know is that I'm typically bouncing around 100,000 stored emails, and many attachments. Even with your value-added you simply can't operate that far off the curve. You are not always dealing with governments, some of us are real people spending our own money. With a little creativity, I bet you could have Dropbox reselling your storage as an upgrade to there's, and showing you how to build it out cost-effectively.
Agreed. Storage is too limited. Can't even go above 25 GB (I think?), even if you want to pay. Or if that IS possible, I don't see a way to do that.
I'd like to have piece of mind and buy, say, 50 or 100 Gigs of storage so that I can archive and keep things forever like I did with Gmail. It's probably more of a habit than an actual need, but at this point I'd be willing to pay for it.
Transitioning away from Gmail was hard, PMail could make that a little easier by allowing more generous storage options.
I think you should lower the free tier storage before you increase it. A $12 payed up front per year option for minimal features and 1-2GB of storage would be a nice option. I don't know your numbers for how economically viable that would be for you, but I'm confident it would be popular.
Support this for the free option - perhaps at a small price?
If the Plus Plan offered 15 GB that would be great. Maybe in the future when more donate and sign up for Plus then it would be a great replacement for Xmail.
Syed Fadlan Kabir commented
Totally Agreed! The free email option should have a storage of at least 2 GB
Being able to just buy an extra gig as needed without upgrading to the whole plan would be extremely helpful. I don't need any of those other features just a little more space.
dimmos geeknd commented
either add a 1gb paid option or 1gb free, i cannot view emails older than 30 day to 6 months to delete and free up space/ storage, is this also a bug for free accounts
news about the free space increase to >= 2GB ?
Agreed! The free email option should have a storage of at least 2 GB if not more. Please consider it, or you'll just lose out to Gmail.
I am one of the original users of ProtonMail, and I was given 500MB of storage as part of the free plan. I have a friend who started using ProtonMail later and has 1GB of free storage. Would it be possible to at least be fair with the amount of storage everyone has? Consolidate the amount of storage for everyone? Thanks.
I can’t fathom how people here are asking for Proton Mail to give away things for “free” all while citing Google (!) as an example. Google is NOT free - YOU are the product they sell. They use your information, including all email information - including the body/text of emails - and sell this info. to 3rd party advertisers among other things.
As far as the “customizable” options - surely everyone knows that there is a massive difference in cost between filters/folders and adding, maintaining, etc. additional storage/servers. That’s not an apples-to-apples comparison.
Agreed. Just discovered ProtonMail and while I'm really tempted to switch over, still reluctant because of the storage issue. Even if I could afford the paid account (really expensive for an individual), 5GB is still not much to go with if you plan years of archiving.
I suggest to upgrade the current plans to 10 or 15GB, offer a 5GB plan with limited support and options at 1€/month or 10€/year, and offer 500 extra MB for donators.
Please consider it, I'm certain you're missing out a lot of income because of this swiss-based ^^ price policy !
I've read several places with different numbers, but Google always ranks #1 in what each of their users are wroth. I've seen numbers from $135 to $350 per year. They generate somewhere around 90% of their revenue from advertising. Most of that is targeted advertising because they sell your information.
There's also this "Google's software crawls billions of emails on Gmail, and then uses software to suggest phrases drawn from that database that you might want to use to confirm a coffee at 4 PM at Blue Bottle. 10% of responses are generated through the Smart Reply feature, according to The Wall Street Journal.". Just one example of how they actually read your mail.
I could go on and on. People really need to stop comparing the free features of ProtonMail to Gmail. Gmail isn't Free. Nothing Free is Free. YOU are the product that Google sells. YOU are the product Facebook sells. YOU are the product that Twitter sells. ProtonMail doesn't sell you. 18 cents a day (US) is hardly expensive. 14 cents a day (US) if you pay by the year. It's a tiny price for a great service.
Add a cheap account, or add a pay per feature system. But free accounts are a good thing. They have to stay.
I have a paid account.
Or add a cheap version that only adds storage. I have no need for multiple addresses, sending a gazillion emails or even folders and most laypeople (almost everyone) don't either. Buuuuut 500 megs makes us have to worry about which emails need deleting like the bad old days.
$50 a year is hard to swallow and real hard to get a non technical friend to jump for. $20-30 for a couple/three gigs on the other hand...
Timo Baab commented
Im fine with the 500MB. Note: Just delete Email you don't need anymore or outsource it??