Comparing a standard web-hosting provider with a specialized email provider like FastMail is like comparing apples and oranges. While on the surface FastMail may seem more expensive, in reality FastMail is cheaper than other specialized IMAP-enabled email providers.
If you rely on your email working, being universally accessible, and fast, then you won't find a better solution. We continuously aim to be the most reliable, fastest, best supported and most accessible email providers around.
Highly redundant and reliable infrastructure
Secure design and pro-active security updates
Full featured IMAP server ('+' addressing, full rules, etc)
Graphics free, compressed webmail pages
Full server-side searching/filtering
Well supported forum and active community
FastMail was started after its founders failed to find a webmail provider that sought to meet all of their end user needs, rather than their advertisers' needs. The core features of FastMail are:
It's fast. No graphics, no ads (paid accounts) and lean HTML pages means that most screens take fractions of a second to load on DSL lines, and even on slow dialup connections, only a second or two.
You can access your email from home or work with your favorite software, and when you're away from your computer you can access it using any web browser. Using a technology called 'IMAP', your folders and messages are automatically synchronized wherever you go! You can even access your email on a laptop when not connected to the internet!
It's professional. No ads or tag-lines are sent in messages (paid accounts); and you can use your own email address as the reply address (if you prefer).
It's unobstructed. You can send and receive almost unlimited sized messages. You can get email from as many external providers as you like.
It's designed to get things done as efficiently as possible.
It's externally accessible. You can move batches of emails from FastMail to another service by redirecting them. You can retrieve messages from FastMail using POP3 or view and edit messages on FastMail using IMAP compatible mailers such as Outlook Express and Mozilla Thunderbird.
It has decent storage limits
The best way to learn about FastMail is to try it out--it's free! Just jump on over to the front-page and click the 'Sign Up' link.