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# 208994 8-Mar-2017 10:54
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I'm looking around for NZ based companies that offer email hosting with billing in NZD. The use case I am thinking of is organisations/people who have their own domain name and want to use it for emails, and would prefer to pay in NZD. The email service should at the least offer both IMAP/TLS and Webmail/HTTPS access with a decent UX along with an outbound SMTP/TLS gateway. Ideally it could support iOS push notifications for IMAP and have a decent amount of storage (>1GB per mailbox).

 

Basically I am looking for a local equivalent to FastMail. Maybe without the 25GB storage. :P

 

Before anyone suggests self-hosting, I am currently hosting my own mail sever on my VPS and have used it to host emails for various non-profits in the past. In recent years however I've off-loaded them to other providers and their experience with other providers have been variable. Some have opted (against my advice) to just go for a Gmail account (with 'reply to' their domain names). Hence I am looking for a reliable NZ firm to recommend to NPOs and other individuals who want an easy-to-use managed email hosting using their own domain name.

 

I've had a quick look and found:-

 

Net24
$5+GST monthly
500MB storage
5 mailboxes

 

OpenHost
$2+GST monthly1GB storage
5GB traffic
10 mailboxes

 

Ramsu
$4+GST monthly
500MB storage
1 mailbox

 

Umbrellar
$5+GST monthly
1GB storage
1,000 email deliveries
1 mailbox

 

Would love to hear feedback from anyone who uses any of the above or other similar services. I'm particularly interested in OpenHost which has a good price for the storage they offer (and they also offer more cost tiers above that price for any future expansions).

 

If you are a user could you feedback on the following:

 

- Do they offer TLS for both IMAP and SMTP connections? Bonus marks if they enforce TLS on both!

 

- Which Webmail application do they use? Do you like it? Why/why not?

 

- How good is their spam filtering? Do they filter outright or to a separate mailbox?

 

- Do they support IMAP IDLE?

 

- Do they support iOS push notifications for IMAP mailboxes? (i.e. via ActiveSync or otherwise)

 

Thanks in advance for your feedback. :)


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  # 1732923 8-Mar-2017 11:06
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None of these will do ActiveSync/push - might need to look for hosted Exchange in NZ

 

My hunch with the likes of OpenHost would be they probably aren't running any sort of high availability/clustering on their mail, but I could be wrong


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  # 1732924 8-Mar-2017 11:06
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Why are you wanting NZ hosting? Economy of scale is significant. Email hosting is surprisingly complex, mostly because of spam filtering and the mitigations commonly in use.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1732927 8-Mar-2017 11:07
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To be honest I think all of the "cheap" email solutions are rather rubbish for what you get from them. You ideally want either Exchange Activesync for mobiles or just straight out Gmail (GSuite).

 

There is a few options that support proper push email:

 

Sitehost - Virtual Machine w/ Mail-in-a-Box loaded (https://sitehost.nz/hosting/virtual-private-servers + https://mailinabox.email/)
Zoho Mail - Isn't in NZ however is free and ad-free (https://www.zoho.com/mail/)
Photon Mail - Not NZ billing however darn secure if that is what you're after (https://protonmail.com/)
G Suite - This is hosted Google, cheap and good (https://gsuite.google.com/index.html)

 

You've also got Office 365 however not with NZ Billing. All these options come at about the same price but are vastly better.





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  # 1732932 8-Mar-2017 11:14
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G Suite (formally Google Apps) allows you to use your own domain for email using Gmail.

 

Concessions are given to non-profits.

 

Unless your organisations have NSA-level security requirements I wouldn't recommend anything other than a major SaaS such as G Suite or similarly subsidised Office 365.




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  # 1732936 8-Mar-2017 11:17
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solutionz:

 

G Suite (formally Google Apps) allows you to use your own domain for email using Gmail.

 

Concessions are given to non-profits.

 

Unless your organisations have NSA-level security requirements I wouldn't recommend anything other than a major SaaS such as G Suite or similarly subsidised Office 365.

 

 

That's good to know, I'll pass on the information about non-profit concessions to the NPOs I work with that want Gmail.


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Without hesitation, I would go for Office 365 for non-profits on the free or NZ$3 plan.

 

https://products.office.com/en-nz/nonprofit/office-365-nonprofit-plans-and-pricing 





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@KiwiSurfer:

 

@solutionz:

 

G Suite (formally Google Apps) allows you to use your own domain for email using Gmail.

 

Concessions are given to non-profits.

 

 

That's good to know, I'll pass on the information about non-profit concessions to the NPOs I work with that want Gmail.

 

 

To get the Google non-profit benefits, you do have to be registered and be a member of techsoupNZ. I looked into this recently myself.





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