Lycos Europe will charge British users £3.49 ($6.15) per month for an ad-free e-mail service. The soon-to-be-public Google will offer a free service supported by advertisers who will be able to target users with promotional messages based on their e-mail conversations.Source: It Web
Google's Gmail service has come under fire from various consumer rights watchdogs that maintain targeting ads in this manner constitutes a breach of a user's privacy.
Lycos Europe intends to put the Gmail controversy to good use, promoting its rival service as ad-free. "The research we have done shows that privacy and security is incredibly important to consumers," said Alex Kovach, VP for Lycos Europe's portal and communications business.
The loss-making Lycos Europe is aiming to double subscription revenues by offering a host of services ranging from online dating to Web site hosting. Currently, the company's annual subscription revenue is in the millions of euros range, Kovach said.
Lycos to offer 1GB e-mail service
Posted on Wednesday, May 19 2004 @ 19:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Lycos Europe is going to launch a free e-mail service offering 1GB of space just like Google they said yesterday. At first it will be introduced in the UK, and later in other European countries.