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  Reply # 2002569 25-Apr-2018 22:39
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I think at the time Gmail was a very big player, especially as it was operated by google. But I suspect it was more to do with other ISPs using yahoo, and not sure if google sold mass email services in bulk to ISPs at that time, and whether it would have been as cheap. Email is a painful service to provide, as people expect it for free or next to free, yet it requires a lot of support.

 

 

And abuse the hell out of free ISP services like trying to run mailing lists thru the smtp server that is for personal mailboxes etc. Had to seriously school a friends "IT provider" over trying to do that.





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  Reply # 2002570 25-Apr-2018 22:48
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mattwnz:

 

I think at the time Gmail was a very big player, especially as it was operated by google. But I suspect it was more to do with other ISPs using yahoo, and not sure if google sold mass email services in bulk to ISPs at that time, and whether it would have been as cheap. Email is a painful service to provide, as people expect it for free or next to free, yet it requires a lot of support.

 

 

And abuse the hell out of free ISP services like trying to run mailing lists thru the smtp server that is for personal mailboxes etc. Had to seriously school a friends "IT provider" over trying to do that.

 

 

omg, those cases i SO don't miss.





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What amazes me is why Spark chose them in the first place. Lets assume I'm not a technically minded executive, gut instinct would motivate me to go with either Google or Microsoft with probably a bias with Google since they're....

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xtra_(ISP)#Alliances

 

people forget or simply werent around at the time. Gmail wasnt the big thing back then , as it is now.

 

Xtra did originally use MS for the email provider. Hotmail was famous for having ongoing security issues back then.
No point in comparing what we would do now with what they decided way back then .
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bow our heads & remember the bubble .


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While they did promote XtraMSN Hotmail as part of the Microsoft partnership, xtra.co.nz email was not hosted by Microsoft.

 

 

The Yahoo!7 deal also included an online advertising component at a time where they sold off the Yellow Pages division.

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  Reply # 2002866 26-Apr-2018 15:47
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Back when I first joined Telecom/Spark/Xtra, it was in the days before they migrated to Yahoo, and I vaguely recall MSN being the "provider" (host?) for Xtra email system back then. If I recall correctly, there were some unhappy customers when Telecom/Spark migrated from MSN (or whatever it was they were using) to Yahoo due to stuff ups and glitches.


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