Lycos Beat Google With 1gig Email Service

Lycos Europe have launched a 1 gigabyte email service whilst Google was embroiled in the privacy protests surrounding their GMail offering.

The Lycos Inbox costs a quite reasonable £3.49 (€5.18) a month, includes 50 email addresses and features 1 gig of space. Subscibers can even make use of their own domain name, which is a very tempting feature. Subscribers can also send 50 free SMS messages per month too.

“The research we’ve done shows that privacy and security is incredibly important to consumers,” said Lycos Europe Portals and Communications Vice President Alex Kovach.

Google have yet to launch GMail in Europe because of concerns over the automated scanning of email content to provide targeted adverts.

More details on the Lycos Inbox

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?