Now that we know Google’s Gmail is for real (though my God, what a joke it was…) and – blush – I went out on a limb and called it a hoax – I have unconfirmed news that Yahoo has already responded to some users with an upgrade to 100MB of storage. Here’s what a Yahoo mail user claims was sent to him, no idea if this is confirmed. Will attempt to find out for you all…
UPDATE: Yahoo PR sez: This test was in the works well before Gmail rolled out, and was sent out prior to the GMail announcement…
Dear Yahoo! Mail User,
We’ve made changes to your Yahoo! Mail account — we’ve upgraded your email
storage quota to 100MB, at no cost to you. As a loyal Yahoo! Mail user, you’ve
been randomly selected to receive this free benefit effective March 31, 2004.
You’ll also be able to attach up to 10 files to an outgoing email message
(increased from 3); and your outgoing message size can be up to 10MB
(increased from 3MB). It’s just our way of saying thanks!
You can keep these benefits as long as this Yahoo! Mail account remains
active. For your email account to stay active, you must sign in to your Yahoo!
Mail account at least once every four months and comply with all applicable
Yahoo! Terms of Service and guidelines. If your email account becomes inactive
at any time, you will no longer have the increased storage capacity.
If you purchase a Yahoo! premium service in the future that includes
additional email storage*, you will be charged the then-current price for that
service. After the purchase, your storage quota will be the level that
accompanies the purchased service or the level granted to you as part of this
offer, whichever is greater. Storage will not be additive. For example, if you
purchase a Yahoo! Mail Plus account with 100MB of storage, your total Mail
Plus storage quota will be 100MB. You will not receive any refunds or future
credits with your service upgrade.
Thanks again for using Yahoo! Mail. If you prefer not to receive this free
benefit for any reason, simply reply to this email and let us know.
*These include SBC Yahoo! Dial or DSL, Yahoo! Plus, Yahoo! Mail Plus, or
Yahoo! Mail Extra Storage.