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Move over Google, here comes Middle Earth.

British-based Planet-Tolkien.com is the latest company to offer a Web-based e-mail product with 1 gigabyte of storage--a trend that kicked off in late March with the test release of Google's Gmail service.

Since then, a number of copycats have come forward, including Web portal Lycos. Meanwhile, Google rival Yahoo has boosted storage for its Web-based e-mail service from 10 megabytes to 100MB.

Planet-Tolkien founder Tarrant Costelloe said the site's service launched on Wednesday and that it has signed up 1,800 customers for the $7-a-month offering.

"We're trying to build up features to start charging for services, and we had a good idea people were interested in e-mail," he said. "We originally thought about providing 10MB service, but we knew Google was going to do 1GB, so thought we'd try to get in there first."

Planet-Tolkien is a themed Web portal offering resources on "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien. The site lets members inhabit a virtual world based on the enormously popular books, as well as choose a virtual character that can interact with other members within the spirit of the novels.

Costelloe said he plans to launch an online role-playing game within the site shortly.

He said he had considered the danger that some customers might put 1GB of storage to unauthorized use, such as hosting pirated software and media files, but decided that the risk was worth it.

"It was discussed what people might use that amount of space for," he said. "If people use it for 'warez' or put us in a position where we don't want to be, we can shut them down on a case-by-case basis."

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Great headline
But why not...

1GB to rule them all

Apologies to Tolkien.
Posted by pencoyd (82 comments )
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Where's the link!?
Just wondering why there is no link to the LOTR's fan site
offering this service.

Could somebody post it?

Thanks!
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Website URL
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.shiremail.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.shiremail.com</a>
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What?
I'm still trying to figure out this story. I fail to see how a site charging $7 a month is the same as a site charging $0 for the same service. Same goes for Yahoo. Google is STILL the ONLY company giving anyone a gig of mail storage for FREE.
Posted by peartree (10 comments )
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Cheaper & Better solution with Sentinare
Ya Gmail is free, but you don't get POP or IMAP access. Then you have this new comer Planet-Tolkien... I wont trust my email to some newbie, especially when you can get the same 1GB storage for less then half the price and also get some of the BEST spam filtering around with Sentinare www.sentinare.com. It's a no brainer.
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1 Gb Email Services
This is a rant about computer trade press reporters who don't check their facts. As a paid subscriber to Yahoo Plus email I can tell you the firm has done no such thing like offering its PAYING customers 1 Gb of email storage.
Posted by djysrv (15 comments )
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why only 1gb of storage?
why only i 1gb of storage on google and what the lord of the rings e-mail offers.I found a new service called aventuremail and they give you 2gb of storage and it,s free.
Posted by himitch52 (2 comments )
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Gmail datamining and spyware tool for Google
Gmail will become like instand messaging, Gmail user to Gmail user since others will not send an email to a Gmail account, nor will they want to receive a Gmail, they will use blocking software to keep Gmail out.

See <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.searchwars.squarespace.com/display/ShowPage?moduleId=24901" target="_newWindow">http://www.searchwars.squarespace.com/display/ShowPage?moduleId=24901</a> if you want to read more on Gmail
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