Yahoo Mail has started offering unlimited email storage, fulfilling the promise it made in March.
The company said all Yahoo Mail user accounts would be upgraded over the coming months, making it the first of the world's three largest webmail providers to provide unlimited email storage.
Until about three years ago, most major webmail providers offered very limited storage, often in the 2MB to 10MB range. This forced users to regularly delete or download their email messages instead of keeping them on the webmail providers' servers. That all changed in April 2004 with Google's introduction of Gmail and its then-unprecedented 1GB inbox, which ignited the storage race.
But now Yahoo is claiming the bragging rights. "By beginning the roll out of unlimited email storage, we're continuing to build upon the industry's best webmail service," said George Hadjigeorgiou, General Manager Yahoo! Communication & Community Products Europe.