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    As far as I've understood, the only usage of GSF is for push notifications.
    My phone does not have GSF installed, and the only annoyances are the message on start and the fact that e-mails are not synced in the background. I see that this "feature" is planned, but it has been planned for almost 2 years. I think someone should definitely start working on it....

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    We have given this quite a bit of thought, but at the present moment, it is not clear the advantages would outweigh the disadvantages.

    The biggest problem is search. Encrypting all metadata would break metadata search entirely on the web client as there is still no efficient way to handle search of encrypted data within a browser.

    Secondly, metadata encryption’s value from a privacy standpoint is also somewhat dubious. Because we ultimately must deliver the message to the recipient, we must know who the recipient is. At the current time, there still isn’t any proven and viable way to work around this.

    Metadata encryption is an area of continued research for us, and when the opportunity arises and the technology for doing this matures, we will definitely implement it in ProtonMail.

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    Suggestion commented  · 

    Why not put the search on us, with a note that it is resource-consuming? I think Tutanota guys pretty much got the right idea, they have the search turned of by default, and when you want to search, they show a pop-up saying that the search is consuming device resources; something like "Use at your own risk" x)
    Another approach might be to leave it as an option, thus leave the current implementation as default, and also have some checkbox in the settings saying "Encrypt metadata (ALERT: resource-consuming e-mail search will be done on client-side)"

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    Let's take ProtonMail and compare it to a competitor (and there are quite a bunch). IMHO, I'd say Mailfence is a solid Protonmail competitor, one of the reason is because it is based in Belgium, which is not a very cheap country, and the prices are quite close to Switzerland.
    Comparing the features (the different between the two):
    * Mailfence - has full PGP inter interoperability, has calendar and storage, offers 20 aliases.
    * Protonmail - e-mails are always encrypted on the server, has native Mobile app (for Android is based on Google Services Framework... pretty controversial if you are paranoid about privacy and do not have GSF installed, push notifications won't work), and offers only 5 aliases.

    Speaking of the price:
    * Mailfence - 2.5 euro per month
    * Protonmail - 4 euro per month

    Now before everyone gets critical, there is 1 important note to this, it's your geolocation. I'm coming from Eastern Europe country, where the average salary for 2018 is around 100 euro per month, and even though 1.5 euro might not be a big of a difference, it is 1.5% of the average salary and it can make a difference. To name a jew, 1.5 euro can get you one of the following:
    * the home-work-home round-trip 10 days of the month (1 if you use the taxi)
    * 1 lunch (or 2 if you are vegetarian)
    * 1.5 kg of fruits (bananas, apples, etc.)
    * 15-20 eggs
    * 2l of milk

    Moreover, we are not discussing the fact that PM is expensive in general, just that it might lack a special pack that might bring in more people.

    As noted by on of the users, I'd propose some kind of "Economy pack" with the following features:
    * 1-2 GB of e-mails
    * 250-500 messages per day
    * no custom domains
    * 2-3 aliases (just for temporary mail, or even 0 aliases, though that would be harsh)
    * IMAP/SMTP support
    * 50-100 folders
    * 50-100 labels
    * filters enabled

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