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Old 4 Jun 2012, 05:02 AM   #1
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Current opinions on Runbox

In my search for the best option for my email needs, this one is next on the list to check (after I already contacted Polarismail and asked about EuMX)

The service has its own subforum but in the generic forum in topics "which service would you recommend?" they're not frequently mentioned. Could be for various reasons though, of which some positive (eg the users being satisfied enough not to check the generic forums anymore and thus missing out on the "which would you recommend" topics)

I notice that the testimonial/appraisal topics however are quite old in the Runbox subforum, there's been no recent appraisals posted for quite a long time. Can the users please post their opinions on how the service is now?

Also, while I never trust wikipedia without doublechecking (hence why I ask it here it it's true or not ), wikipedia states the service has had financial losses for the last few years. Could this have any impact on the long-term survival of the service or is it for sure that Runbox is there to stay for the forseeable future?
(again, I never trust wikipedia without verifying, and asking on this forum with Runbox representatives seems the best place to verify if that rumour on Wiki is even true or not... May be a rumour or someone trying + failing to be funny)
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Old 4 Jun 2012, 05:40 AM   #2
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Well, here's the page that Wikipedia links to. Paste it into Google Chrome to translate it into English. I don't know what half of those numbers mean, but at the end it says "operating margin" has been negative from 2008 to 2010. Not sure how reliable the data is, though. The web page also gives no information about 2011, when Runbox was bought out by its employees. Such a large change in the ownership structure can't be ignored when judging a company's finances.

As I wrote in another thread, I've been trying out Runbox lately (as a possible replacement for FM in case it goes under), and their current system leaves a lot to be desired in terms of features and basic security. The heavily modified Courier IMAP server they're using is also quite buggy. But support promises me that a new webmail is coming very soon, as well as a better IMAP server in the future, so I'm going to wait and see.

The fact that Runbox doesn't offer much resources per dollar might have contributed to their (perceived) decline. For $34.95, I get 5GB of storage, 1GB of transfer per week, 10 aliases, and one personal domain. For the same price, I could get 10GB of storage, 2GB of transfer per day, 100 aliases, and 50 personal domains at FM (with the multi-year discount). Not to mention that EuMX and Polarismail offer 25GB of space for much less money, apparently without sacrificing reliability. (You do get a lot of resources at the top of the pricing tiers, but then you're competing with LuxSci et al. who can offer much more features.)

In fact I don't need anywhere near that much space, but I can see why casual shoppers might decide to skip Runbox in favor of cheaper offerings.

Some positive remarks:

- Support is kind, knowledgeable, and relatively fast.
- Runbox is located entirely in Norway, which affords them one of the best privacy protections in the world.
- Runbox is owned by employees and supports free software. They even host their servers with a company named "copyleft".

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Old 4 Jun 2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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Give them a try.

I have.

Want to see if they have improved.

On the mini + accounts you get two years for the price of one.
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Old 4 Jun 2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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Runbox can never be an option for me while they continue their policy of limiting the number of domains that can be hosted.

To host my domains I would have to pay double what I currently pay Fastmail.
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Old 4 Jun 2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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I see what you mean.

I did not know it was so limited.
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Old 6 Jun 2012, 07:36 AM   #6
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As mentioned previously, the staff and key personnel of Runbox founded a new company in May 2011 and bought the email service from the company that had been running it since 1999. The financial situation is quite different from what the Wikipedia article states, and we are more positive about our future than we have been in years.

We are currently reevaluating our pricing of add-ons such as aliases and email domains, and appreciate your input.

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Old 6 Jun 2012, 07:49 AM   #7
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As mentioned previously, the staff and key personnel of Runbox founded a new company in May 2011 and bought the email service from the company that had been running it since 1999. The financial situation is quite different from what the Wikipedia article states, and we are more positive about our future than we have been in years.

We are currently reevaluating our pricing of add-ons such as aliases and email domains, and appreciate your input.

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Thank for the update, Geir. Could you give us some more info about the "new" Runbox - who is in, who is out, your location, plans etc.?
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Old 6 Jun 2012, 12:18 PM   #8
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https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Runbo...127.38,,0,1.39

Seems to be a nice place
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Old 6 Jun 2012, 12:22 PM   #9
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They have graffiti (out front) - on the gate post
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Old 7 Jun 2012, 12:23 AM   #10
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They have graffiti (out front) - on the gate post
I ran that graffiti through Google Translate and, apparently, it means "Stop charging for extra hosted domains!"


Weird, huh?

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Old 7 Jun 2012, 02:11 AM   #11
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I ran that graffiti through Google Translate and, apparently, it means "Stop charging for extra hosted domains!"


Weird, huh?

That it is - possibly it was written by one of our forum members
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Old 7 Jun 2012, 03:26 AM   #12
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I ran that graffiti through Google Translate and, apparently, it means "Stop charging for extra hosted domains!"


Weird, huh?

Love it!!
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Old 7 Jun 2012, 04:12 AM   #13
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The financial situation is quite different from what the Wikipedia article states, and we are more positive about our future than we have been in years.
Do you not think it would be in your company interest to update the wiki?
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Old 7 Jun 2012, 12:22 PM   #14
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Do you not think it would be in your company interest to update the wiki?
Unfortunately it would probably violate one of Wikipedia's conflict-of-interest policies if the Runbox staff themselves did the update. Certainly autobiographical articles are frowned upon, if not explicitly forbidden...
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Old 7 Jun 2012, 12:29 PM   #15
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Unfortunately it would probably violate one of Wikipedia's conflict-of-interest policies if the Runbox staff themselves did the update. Certainly autobiographical articles are frowned upon, if not explicitly forbidden...
I agree. Wikipedia articles need sources. Once Runbox makes some sort of official statement with concrete figures, somebody else will be able to update Wikipedia using the official statement as a source.

On the other hand...
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