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Does mailbox.org enable mail compression?

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Hi,

Does mailbox.org enable mail compression and compress mails at backend to so as to help store more mails in limited storage space - something like tutanota for instance (as they say here[1])?

This could be very helpful to do, if not already the case. I couldn't find a related thread/information on the mailbox.org website yet.

[1]: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/compression

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Hi, would a mailbox.org team member please care/consider to comment about this?

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We're storing all e-mails in a compressed form in our storage systems. And we compress all IMAP traffic (e-mail and communication) between client and server "on the fly", so it saves bandwith and data volume on mobile devices.

This does not affect any kind of quota of the INBOX not it saves space on the client once the mail is downloaded to an IMAP-client on a customer's device. This is technically not possible, since this must be supported by the client software like Thunderbird or Outlook.

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> We're storing all e-mails in a compressed form in our storage systems. [...]

> This does not affect any kind of quota of the INBOX not it saves space on the client once the mail is downloaded to an IMAP-client on a customer's device.


Thanks for your comment. I want to confirm/clarify this -- if you store mails in compressed form, then ideally I should be able to receive/store more emails in the given storage space right? What I mean to say is that let's say I have space to receive 10 mails of 1 MiB each. If you are compressing each by 50%, I should be able to receive 20 of them, with my mailbox.org account. Is that correct?

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No. This compression does not affect the quota of the INBOX. It's compressed on a storage level, but the quota of your inbox is still counted by the real uncompressed mail size.


But it's "included" and also to your benefit, since it reduces storage costs so the price per GByte quota volume is already reduced :-)

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Understood. Thank you very much for clarifying!

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