Webmail Providers and Attachment Size



EmailIt’s difficult to keep up with all the email providers of the world these days. When I first got into the internet and wonderful world of web development there wasn’t too many to choose from. Most people at the time were using an email address from their internet service provider.

Hotmail is one of the early email services that I can remember. Wikipedia says it was launched on July 4th, 1996 (16 years ago). I got my Hotmail account somewhere between 1996-1998, and I still use it to this day. gMail has come along way, but it didn’t even exist until 2004, which still seems like a long time ago (8 years at the time of this post).

Email storage capacity has increased substantially over the years. As an early Hotmail user I do vaguely remember something like 10 MB’s to 25 MB’s of storage in the early days. Yes, I said MB’s not GB’s. It’s hard to imagine what you could actually do with such a small amount of storage today. Sending a handful of images from your digital camera could fill that up in a hurry.

Most of us probably have no idea what our email storage capacity limit even is. The major email service providers allow more storage space than what most of us will ever use. It varies from one to the next, but 5 GB’s to 10 GB’s seems to be fairly common. There are a few that provide 100 GB’s or even unlimited capacity. Most likely because they know most people will never use that much anyway.

What about attachments?

The size of an attachment that you are allowed to send has certainly gone up over the years. Then again, we couldn’t send large attachments back in the day because most of us had very slow dial up connections.

gMailHere it is almost 2013 and most email service providers limit attachment sizes to around 25 MB’s. You would think that they would have bumped this up a little more by now. Let me see I can store 10 GB’s in my inbox, but I can’t send something larger than 25 MB’s. Seems a little small and outdated given the technology and speed of things today.

I don’t have the need to send something larger than 25 MB’s very often, but every now and then I send a collection of photos that happens to be larger than that. What I end up doing is splitting it into more than one email, which is a waste of my time.

We have digital cameras that are constantly upping the megapixel size. I don’t even know what the industry standard is anymore. The last digital camera I looked at was 16 megapixels. The problem is people think the highest available setting is better for some reason. What that results to is pictures that are much larger in size than they really need to be. I have seen some pictures that are 3 MB’s to 6 MB’s in size. People are too lazy to resize them before they send them. So in some cases 5-8 pictures could easily max out the allowed attachment size. If that happens to be the case generally your email is returned undelivered or you get some other warning error. Then, you have to start over and split them up. Seems to me it would be reasonable enough to bump the allowed attachment size up to 50 MB’s to 100 MB’s.

The mighty gMail even limits their attachment size to 25 MB’s at the current date and time. They don’t have a problem with allowing everyone to upload videos on YouTube that are much larger than 25 MB’s though. Apparently YouTube is OK, but gMail attachments is not. Then again, they make more money off YouTube then they do gMail.

It isn’t too often that I would need to send an attachment that is 25 MB’s or larger, but come on I should be able to if I want to.

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