Yahoo! is one of the pioneers in the field of advertisement-aided internet-based mailing services, with the appropriately named ‘Yahoo! Mail’ service still going strong even in the face of stiff competition. The emailing service was first launched in 1997 and has undergone much evolution through time to currently stand tall as the third-largest email service provider globally.
Many of the innovative perks would be familiar to the everyday email user including Facebook integration, a dedicated email search engine, email address auto-completion and so on. The latest version of the mailing service boasts of a sleeker and robust interface, with better conversational threads, and humongous online storage of emails extending up to 1 TB. All these features elevate Yahoo! Mail to be one of the frontrunners in the modern email industry.
Recently, after observing the varied demographics of users, Yahoo! Mail has launched a few different emails plans their service, catering to the groups of people in different walks of their lives. Three of these plans are for personal use, namely Basic, Plus and Ad-free, andone more plan is set up for businesses. An even broader division between these plans is essentially either ‘Free’ or ‘Paid’. That is the perspective we will be exploring today, as we take a closer look into the extra features provided in the paid versions and assessing whether investing in the paid versions is worthwhile.
Yahoo! Mail | Features
The free version in question is essentially the basic’ Yahoo! mail. This email plan provides an email account with the following salient features:
- It provides multiple free email accounts, one across each of the domains of yahoo.com, ymail.com, and rocketmail.com, amounting to a total of 1 TB online storage space for emails.
- It facilitates the creation of temporary email addresses which redirects to your current Yahoo! Mail inbox. This is set up as a security measure to protect your current email address, and the temporary address would self-destruct after a set period.
- The basic version provides a sense of familiarity to the average desktop user, supporting various keyboard shortcuts, drag, and drop options, multiple email tabs, and address auto-completion.
- Cross-platform access is made more convenient, with the launch of the Yahoo! Mail app for Android and iOS mobile devices.
These features aside, there have been various changes in the email interface to reduce on-screen clutter and making it easier to navigate through your inbox. Along with these interface changes, Yahoo!has also added many aesthetic perks including themes, emoticons, and the all-new Photo and Document views.
Magnum-Opus of the paid Yahoo! Mail Service
The paid version of Yahoo Mail has a major advantage on it, namely the account being‘ads-free’. While this may just seem like a quaint little addition and not a major advantage outright, one has to look at the inside mechanics to understand why this feature enhances the experience hugely.
Yahoo keeps updating itself with various new features periodically. For these features to function properly, the data processing is very time-consuming. With the presence of more advertisements, this time consumption increases exponentially, slowing down your system to the extent of even complete termination any other work being done at that time. If you own a business or are a professional, chances are that such tardiness is inexcusable, and thus Yahoo Mail Pro is made for such users who need to optimize their time for even the smallest of tasks.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to picking the account which will suit your needs, and whether you are comfortable spending a sum of about$3.49 per month, to get the work done more efficiently.