FastMail.fm offers personal and business email solutions. The application includes all the basic email functions users would expect along with a number of extra features. Personal account users can manage email and build image galleries that can be shared with family and friends. Family accounts can be created so users can create addresses for each individual in their household. Family accounts offer the same virus and spam protection along with shared contact address books. Business users can organize email conversations and keep each message secure through the FastMail.fm Vault. Shared folders allow employees and colleagues to pass documents back and forth. The application also includes business instant messaging options and sizable mail boxes. Business partner options are also available and include private label features.
FastMail.fm was founded by Rob Mueller and Jeremy Howard. The application was intended to supply users with a practical web based service that offered features for almost any kind of user. Opera Software acquired FastMail.fm in April of 2010. The application has served internet users for over a decade, providing helpful resources and tools intended for individuals, families and businesses. The application continues to evolve, switching credit card providers and removing the standard login option so users are given a secure login every time.
It is rather difficult to do something new with email service. FastMail.fm offers many of the same features that other email applications provide. The service divides itself up by the type of user and size of the account, which makes it flexible for many situations. Family groups can get together and manage email through the same service while sharing contacts. Business can purchase larger accounts and keep their files and messages secure. FastMail.fm isn’t an original concept, but it is one that works on many levels.
FastMail.fm has a very tidy, professional feel to it that allows the user to navigate relatively quickly. Although the user interface may be a bit confusing for someone with no email experience, it is logically organized. The design uses hints of colors and simple but attractive icons to help the user find what they need. FastMail.fm can be described as a bit on the bland side, although it is a practical solution. Businesses may be able to appreciate the look of FastMail.fm more than anyone else.
A new user is greeted by a pair of dark blue and white buttons along the lower, left hand side of the FastMail.fm homepage. The button on the left invites users to access the “Business Sign Up” while the one on the right takes users to the “Personal Sign Up” page. The business form asks for a company name, password (for the master user) and terms of service agreement. The user must create their business package before continuing. The personal account sign up form includes the account options at the top (the user must select one) then asks for a username, password, full name and current email address. An optional referrer box is present as well as a Captcha code en try form and terms of service agreement check box.
FastMail.fm users who choose a personal account are given three subscription options. The user can purchase an Ad Free account for $4.95 per year. This plan includes five or more character long usernames, 100 MBs of mailbox space, 640 MBs of bandwidth per month, forwarding and spam and virus protection. The Full account costs $19.95 per year and includes usernames of four or more characters, 1000 MBs of mailbox space, 1,200 MBs of bandwidth per month, no advertisements, aliases and email support. The Enhanced plan costs $39.95 per year and includes usernames of three or more characters, 10,000 MBs of mailbox space, 4,000 MBs of bandwidth per month and priority support.
FastMail.fm is a helpful email solution for users who need a basic but practical option. The application includes all the common email functions as well as a handful of appealing extras that families and businesses can use, such as shared contact lists, shared folders and instant messaging options. The user has multiple plans to choose from so they can purchase just as much storage space and feature access as they need.