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Fastmail

Email, calendars, and contacts to highest standards of security, privacy and reliability.

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Avg rating of 3.7 (6)| 6 comments

What is Fastmail?

Fastmail provides one of the most secure and reliable email environments in the industry. Rock Solid Reliability. More safety.

  • Secure Email using webmail, IMAP, POP and SMTP
  • Secure DAV file access, FTP
  • LDAP access to Address Book

Thousands of individuals and companies have chosen Fastmail as their email provider. No more headaches. Predictable cost structure. Rock solid reliability. Safe and secure data.

  • Ultra Reliable Infrastructure
  • Large and Secure Mailboxes
  • Works on Your Mobile Phone
  • Shared Folders, Files, Instant Messaging
  • Supports Your Favorite Email Program
  • Business Compliance Features

Fastmail has been providing email services since 1999. We have maintained a loyal base of customers who have avoided frustrating and slow alternatives.

What Makes Fastmail Special?

  • Reliable Junk Mail Protection
  • Temporary Secure SMS Passwords
  • Web Folders for Photos and Files
  • Supports Your Favorite Email Program
  • 1Password integration
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Fastmail Features

  1.  Support for AliasesFastmail supports aliases, so you can receive email without exposing your main email address
  2.  Ad-freeFastmail doesn't contain any form of external advertising.

Fastmail information

  • Developed byFastmail Pty Ltd
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license)
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.7
  • Alternatives58 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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ikol89891
  
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I switched from Google Apps and I found a really strong and full feature platform for my work. Is secure, good apps for mobile and good calendar.

Good integration with Dropbox!


After three years I confirm that it remains the best alternative to Gmail and Outlook in many respects, experience, security, stability, space and price.

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AlternativeSteve
  
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I've been a Fastmail user for almost a decade, and have found it to be outstanding for e-mail, calendars, and contacts. The web interface is superb (the responsive design works perfectly on desktop and mobile devices) and it's always been fast, easy to use, with good documentation with lots of storage space.

Fastmail provides e-mail services for my custom domains, which was easy to set up by changing the MX and A records with my domain registration provider. Fastmail even provides me with hosting for static web content. I also like that Fastmail is an active developer of the mail systems they use, and contributes back to the open source projects used to run their systems.

Yes, there is a charge to use Fastmail, but it's a trivial amount of money on a per-month basis, and I consider it well worth the cost when compared to the awful "free" mail systems available from tech industry giants, or woeful services provided by an ISP.

Honestly, I absolutely love Fastmail, and I've never had any problems with it. It's rock-solid, and the Fastmail team seems very proactive in building new features and locking down security issues before they become a problem. The iOS app is so much faster than the standard iOS mail app, though it's missing the ability to send messages with attached images or videos at a reduced resolution. There's also no native app for Windows 10 or Windows 10 mobile.

I've never had to contact Fastmail support, because I'm quite technical, and the Fastmail documentation is good. There's a blog where the Fastmail team posts information about new features and fixes. I'd recommend subscribing to that to get updates, though I tend to unsubscribe in December and re-subscribe in January because the Fastmail team does a weird annual "24 days of Fastmail updates" holiday series of posts with deeply technical information about mail server innards. From January to November, it has very relevant and interesting posts.

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5tqc2v657f
  
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Experience: Fastmail user for three years.

I was fortunate to have had a terrific IMAP email provider for 15+ years, that decided to go out of business three years ago. Looked for alternatives and settled on Fastmail.

The good: The Fastmail service uptime has been excellent. Fastmail provides a web interface that works well with every browser I've accessed it from.

The bad: It's expensive. The phone app is only push notifications, there is no manual or interval polling option. I receive a lot of emails and the app drains my phone's battery significantly with notifications turned off. Using notifications drains the battery even faster. Fastmail only supports a subset of standard IMAP protocols. Fastmail handles POP3 accounts but there is an hour or more between POPs. This is too long. If you're willing to login to the web interface instead of email client you can force a POP. If you want to be notified of emails instead you have a long wait. If Fastmail cannot POP for some reason, the POP account is disabled after a small number of retries. POP3 accounts can be disabled frequently as a result of intermittent connectivity issues between Fastmail and the POP'd account. Tech support is a frustrating experience at best. Getting Fastmail to take an issue seriously requires a great deal of persistence and patience. Even then it may not be achieved, so the issue remains unresolved. The goal of the ticket process seems to be to close tickets as quickly as possible, without addressing the issue.

While I've been happy with Fastmail's uptime and the ability to access my email from any device with a web browser, the POP3 service is a disappointment, the otherwise useful app drains the phone battery too much, not having full IMAP protocol support has caused emails to be deleted without warning, and tech support is in reality non-existent despite all appearances to the contrary.

In short, I can't recommend Fastmail, its problems are too extensive. I'm looking for an alternative.

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AlternativeSteve

Please let us know what you decide upon. I've been happy with Fastmail, but it's always good to have a plan-B.

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I still have a Fastmail account as many family members are using it (and I'm their tech support person lol). But I have for the most part moved over to GMX. It isn't as 'slick' of an interface but has all the features plus a Mail Collector and true IMAP support. It syncs external calendars easily and well. GMX even has a browser-add-in that gives you quick notifications and mail previews. Not only can it assist you with your GMX account but you can monitor Gmail and other email accounts including Fastmail from it as well.

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KorbsStudio_1
  
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I've enjoyed the service that FastMail provides to it's customers and it's affordable pricing, I'm paying for the Standard plan at only $5/month and using my own domain for my emails.

Another thing I really like is the integration I can use on 1Password, since FastMail as a Masked Emails feature, I can create those on the fly when signing up on websites with 1Password.

The only thing that's missing, is the ability to use custom HTML in emails. A third-party email app may be needed for that.

The service is fast, reliable, and secured.

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2Dutch
  
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I used to have a Fastmail account since what felt like..forever. The interface was dated, but fast. Always worked, mails arrived quickly. Then all of a sudden boatloads of spam arrived. And kept arriving. And when they told me I would have to pay for my account (to be fair, not immediately but like a year from now) since that was their new way of doing things, I decided to cancel my account. I had a onetime-fee account you see, I don't mind paying for things but for the options they offered me (storage and so on) it wasn't worth the money. If they are still as fast and reliable as I experienced it, please do give them a try. Hopefully their spamfilters have improved.

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gamliel
  
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FastMail is an excellent e-mail service, feature rich, powerful and reliable. It does not require a quick connection (an average page of its web interface weights no more than few tens of kilobytes) and a powerful computer.

Its prices begin from $3 per month and $30 per year; I think it is too expensive (some good e-mail services have prices from about €1 per month). And the main disadvantage of FastMail is location of its servers in USA (remember about Lavabit).

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