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Mailblocks R.I.P.

Written By: Gary on October 14, 2005 2 Comments

Mailblocks, the best e-mail web service out there is now shutting down. I’m very sad at this, they used CAPTCHAs to make sure you weren’t getting spam and they made e-mail managment more than bearable. Mailblocks gave you extra addresses that you could use for when you didn’t want mail filtered and would check your other accounts for you and emulated the outgoing address that you wanted people to see.

MailBlocks did it right. Think of them as the iPods of MP3 players, or the TiVo of DVRs, they just went the extra miles. I really can’t figure how I’ll manage my mail as well…

AOL bought them 6-10 months ago and has done nothing with the service. Now they are canceling all accounts (in 30 days). They want you to use AIM Mail which is free but appears to offer none of the main features of MailBlocks!!! I think they might have used the screen interface and that’s it. Yuck!

I will be asking for my refund. I guess it’s time to check out SpamArrest (here’s an animated demo). I’ve mentioned it before as an alternative to MailBlocks (when AOL stopped accepting accounts)so now it’s time to do it.

The one nice thing is AIM does is they offer IMAP with the accounts and they are 2GB accounts. But all of the outgoing messages do have an AIM mail footer. So it’s probably a fine account it’s just not MailBlocks.

Mailblocks offers a pay service ($25 a year I think) and if it works I don’t understand why they con’t keep offering it… So sad…

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2 Responses to “Mailblocks R.I.P.”

  1. Alan says on: 15 October 2005 at 12:44 pm

    I so agree. Now I’m looking for an alternative to Mailblocks. Damn AOL.

    How’s http://www.fusemail.com?

    Any thoughts?

  2. Gary says on: 15 October 2005 at 1:40 pm

    Oops, I just noticed I goofed up my post, it’s fixed now.
    SpamArrest (see above) is what I think I’m going to try next.

    It doesn’t look like fusemail has those captcha options…

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