Type of site
|Webmail, POP3, IMAP4|
|Available in||36 languages|
|Owner||FastMail Pty Ltd|
FastMail is an email service offering paid email accounts for individuals and organizations. It is provided in 36 languages to customers worldwide by FastMail Pty Ltd, a company located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The company was acquired by Opera Software in 2010. On September 26, 2013, FastMail announced that it had split from Opera and became a privately held independent company. Its main servers are located in New York City and Amsterdam; a previous backup location in Iceland is being replaced by the server location in Amsterdam.
Fastmail was founded by Bruce Davey and Jeremy Howard, to provide email service for customers of the Optimal Decisions Group.
The provider's sole product line is email services (and included accessories), but it was owned by Opera Software, (known best for its web browser) from 2010 to 2013. Following a staff buyout, the company is now fully independent again.
On October 18, 2012 it was announced that new signups for the free service level had been discontinued. Existing free FastMail accounts would not be discontinued, but if a free account was deactivated because it was not logged into in over 120 days, it would not be reactivated. The company stated that they had decided to focus FastMail as a "premium brand" with only paid accounts.
When first established in 1999, the service was intended to differentiate itself through providing features that were not yet available from other market players. Early on, this included the ease and speed of email transport and access, personalities and IMAP and SSL support, and an independent public forum and wiki among user support options. Over the years, these features became commonplace, but features such as WebDAV, secure LDAP, opportunistic inter-server encryption, reliability via minimization of single points of failure, and customizable filtering via Sieve are current differentiators.
On October 23, 2014, FastMail moved their primary domain from
All existing guest and "one-time payment" member email accounts are expected to be discontinued from July 31, 2017 as Fastmail transitions into a subscription-only email service.
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The site developers are among active contributors to the widely used Cyrus IMAP open source software project and include the lead developer and maintainer of Perl module Mail::IMAPTalk. They are actively developing JMAP - a new open email protocol.
FastMail offers paid email accounts for individuals and organizations, with varying service levels and prices. Their individual accounts currently offer a 30-day free trial period.
FastMail also provides for two-factor login using a YubiKey. While associating one or more YubiKeys with a FastMail account will not prevent normal logins, it allowed for logging on to an email account with just a YubiKey and its auto-generated one time passwords, making it suitable for accessing email on public machines. The YubiKey-only login feature was discontinued in July 2016, as it was rarely used, according to the FastMail team.
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