Free as in freedom and free as in gratis, both seems to be important at some point of time in life for everyone. I understand that you would be product when you don’t pay. But it isn’t always the case for example with company projects like disroot.org.
Yes, I hosted my own MX without any stack, I did it all manually and it worked well and then I dropped it.
A lot of cheap web hosting services out there. But I remember someone prominent saying, most of them do not work as proper MX or else why would people move to proper MX services.
Yeah, I know what free means. My question was rather why free?
If you’re not the product, then somewhere somehow someone would be paying for one’s free email hosting. For day-in day-out dependable email hosting, it would seem worth paying something for such a service.
Alternatively, one could donate, which is what disroot.org (which you cite) relies on.
I think that there are a number of very affordable shared hosting providers who offer reliable email hosting. Separate email services tend to be directed at people who need more email capacity than a shared hosting provider would be comfortable with.
Yes, used it long back. I mean regular Yandex email without domain. I loved it. Esp. their scheduled email feature. Also disk was good too. I moved a lot of email providers and finally settled with a small home-hosted software freedom activist from US.
I haven’t use MailChannels myself, but they’re especially known for improving email deliverability. MXroute used to use MailChannels before building their own infrastructure.
I understand the desire to support local businesses, but sometimes this isn’t always feasible or realistic. In any case, you seem to be in a better position to know whether Albania or Kosovo have appropriate shared hosting providers.
Every provider has recurring costs (server hardware, electricity, staffing, etc) so the costs for a free service need to be covered somehow. Some services are ad supported, some also have paid services that subsidize the free users, and some are just people running small services for fun, with no guarantee of support, and all the costs are out of their own pocket (this used to be the case with a lot of free web hosts). Every free service has a cost somewhere
If a service is free then you are the product and they monetize from you.
Hosting/email providers with paid products dont need to monetize from your personal emails, navigation history and so on. These simply bill you to cover their infrastruture, support and vendors. MailChannels isnt cheap, but totally worth. Back when I owned MXroute.io I was sending 14M emails per month. Had to sell the brand but recently got a job in MailChannels. Needless to say, I definitely love the product and it does what it promises.
For such storage, our lifetime offer is enough. If you need more we do monthly and yearly services with higher quota allowances. Both MyW and MXroute.com by @Jarland offer a great value for your money. If email is important for you then you should be able to pay it. Its an expense anyone has to take unless they go for the Gmail route and alikes.
well … as far as I can tell, that may indeed be generally true exactly as stated.
However, do consider an alternate scenario for free service as a charity (or let’s say a “philanthropic endeavor” for the greater good). In which case the user of a free service would still be a “product” of sorts, but not necessarily to be monetized directly as such.
It might be interesting to reframe the “why free?” question from a different angle, and ask:
“why not free?”
(and that’s actually not intended to be an entirely rhetorical question either way…)