GMX Mail

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GMX Mail
GMX's logo
GMX-com Mail Screenshot.png
Original author(s) GMX Internet Services, Inc.
Developer(s) Subsidiary of United Internet
Initial release 1997 (1997)
Development status Active
Available in gmx.net: German
gmx.com: English, French, Spanish
Type POP3, IMAP, E-mail, webmail
Website www.gmx.com
www.gmx.net

GMX Mail is a free webmail service provided by GMX (Global Mail eXchange, in Germany: Global Message eXchange). Founded in 1997, GMX is a subsidiary of United Internet AG, a stock-listed company in Germany,[1] and a sister company to 1&1 Internet and Fasthosts Internet.[1] In addition to an e-mail address, each GMX account includes a Mail Collector, Address Book, Organizer, and File Storage. One user can register up to 10 individual GMX e-mail addresses.[2]

Features[edit]

Features included in the free versions of the GMX Mail account differ between GMX.net[3] and GMX.com:

Comparison of GMX.net and GMX.com
GMX.net GMX.com Notes
Language of interface German English, French, Spanish
E-mail storage 1 GB Unlimited[4] GMX.net: max. 1.5 GB if GMX MailCheck installed
File storage ("MediaCenter") 1 GB 2 GB[4]
Attachment limit 20 MB 50 MB
Account deactivation after inactivity 6 months 6 months
SMTP support Yes Yes
POP3 support Yes Yes
IMAP support No Yes GMX.net: only in paid GMX ProMail and GMX TopMail
Maximum mail folder levels 3 2 Applicable to webmail and IMAP

GMX.com[edit]

Additional functionalities:

  • File sharing capabilities[4]
  • Virus and spam protection[5]
  • “Drag and Drop” capability for files and e-mails[6]

Other features include a push mail service to feed other third-party addresses (e.g. Gmail) into the GMX inbox, an address Book and online organiser.[6]

The service supports POP3, SMTP and IMAP protocols as well as mobile device integration and seems to be aiming for the social networking market by offering the ability to directly login to Facebook using registered GMX login and password.

E-mail accounts can be registered with a choice of .com, .co.uk and .us, amongst many others.

It allows the addition of up to 10 add-on addresses at different GMX domains. Its "mail collector" allows for the collection of email from most free email providers including Yahoo, Live, Hotmail and GMail as well as send mail from these addresses, allowing the management of multiple accounts from one single location. Another feature is its active community participation, where users can suggest features.

GMX developed slightly different clients for their users in Germany and for those internationally. Both remain free for e-mail service, and will direct users to the appropriate login website through geolocation technology, to gmx.net or gmx.com respectively. The GMX Mail service is based on Qooxdoo, an open source ajax web application framework.[1]

Growth[edit]

Following the closure of Lycos Europe and its decision to close Caramail, a popular French webmail service, in February 2009 GMX bought the Caramail domain name and transferred older Caramail users to its new service.[7] In 2010, GMX acquired American internet domain Mail.com and its e-mail customers.[8]

The company's U.S. data center is located in Lenexa, Kansas. The carbon emissions of the facility are offset via Renewable Energy Certificates.[9] GMX Mail provides folders and filters for sorting mail. GMX Mail includes a search feature.

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