Some dramatic wrinkles in the worlds of both online and off-line mail to note.
First, Yahoo! steals a bit of Google's thunder by offering unlimited storage for it's soon to be ten years old, email service. TechCrunch's Michael Arrington's summarizes it this way:
"Yahoo is announcing that all Yahoo Mail users will have free unlimited email storage starting in May 2007.
The current storage limit is 1 GB per account (2 GB for $20/year premium users). With this change, Yahoo leapfrogs Gmail (2.8 GB and growing) and Live.com Mail (2GB).
Yahoo mail currently has 250 million global users, more than any other online service (Live.com has 228 million and Gmail has 51 million users). See this feature by feature comparison of the services for more information."
Coincidentally, the US Postal Service (aka USPS), who's definitely felt the impact of massive, mainstream email adoption by the mainstream over th past decade, has it's version of "unlimited" coming out next week.
April 2nd is when we see the debut of the new "Forever" stamp. As the USPS site explains:
"...the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Forever stamp, which will always be valid as First-Class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounce or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the First-Class rate.
The stamp art depicts the Liberty Bell, which is perhaps the most prominent and recognizable symbol associated with American independence."
So it's a good time to be a consumer of mail services, both online and off.
More competition for the providers in the former, and some pricing protection for consumers in the latter.