Increase storage or create a an email downloading vault to store old emails and free space in the account!
The suggestion that ProtonMail should stop offering free accounts, and that ProtonMail's free accounts can be equated to Google's free Gmail accounts since free = the user being the product, is simply ludicrous and ill informed.
Free ProtonMail accounts provide an essential lifeline to those unfortunate enough to live and be stuck in countries with oppressive authoritarian regimes.
ProtonMail's free accounts are funded by those of us with paid accounts, and free users are _not_ the product. This in sharp contrast to Gmail, where free accounts are funded by advertising and user profiling, rather than by paying Google Apps/G Suite/Google Workspace/<whatever they choose to call it next> users.
While more storage would be nice, I think many of us have gotten into seriously bad and lazy habits thanks to Gmail's extremely generous allowances, which are designed to encourage the user to _never_ delete any emails. More data means better profiling, which means you're a more valuable product, the very thing Google wants.
Anyone requiring more storage should perhaps take a look at their existing emails and see how many of those truly need to be kept. This is especially true for messages with large attachments; email is a messaging tool first and foremost, not a file storage and archiving system!
I should also point out that paying users get 1 extra GB of storage for every year they're with ProtonMail. Currently that's for ProtonMail usage only, but apparently there are plans to open this up to ProtonDrive too, similar to how Google's storage allowance is shared between Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and other Google products.
Data-deduplication works wonders. Probably even on encrypted data. I get 90% reductions in some datasets, such as MRI data.
5 Gb for a Plus Account is not enough. I can't transfert my iCloud account (10 Gb mail ) to PM. I think that a 15 Gb storage for a Plus account is minimum for same price. 1$ the GB is crazy. Please purpose a correct storage solution.
I would prefer that Protonmail stop offering new free accounts.
I have a difficult time explaining to friends that FREE is not free, that you are the product etc., so they should dump Gmail for Protonmail... which offers free accounts! But Protonmail is different, they don't do that! Yea, right...
Be consistent, whatever the cost of actually administering an account is, add a unit (dollar, euro, whatever) and make a bit of money. You deserve it. If someone won't pay it, they don't deserve you!
i run a business and my gmail account states 607 gb of storage. I need terabytes of storage not megabytes. Would you have a solution for this....and i am a sole practice owner. How do you cater for this. Do you have space for this as otherwise i need to stay at gsuite.
as much as i like security protonmail provides, i still can't ignore the fact that 500mb is just impractical. services like google etc. way more space. i heard somewhere that yahoo gives 1TB of space for free! we are not asking for much but at least 2 GB will be more practical for the average user.
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.