If you want an india.com email address (e.g firstname.lastname@example.org) , skip reading this article right now and book your india.com email address before someone else reserves your much desired username.
India.com is a new to be launched portal which will feature information and news related to Indian culture, sports, videos and education. The company is a joint venture of ZEE network and mail.com, before Jay Penske of Mail.com sold the domain to United Internet Group, a German Internet service provider. (Read the earlier press release on TechCrunch)
In any case, I have always been unlucky getting a good vanity email address. My name is so common that it’s impossible to book a good email username in any of the major email service providers e.g Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and so on. But this time, I was lucky !
India.com’s email inbox looks quite decent in it’s spartan form. No mumbo jumbo advertisements and the interface is much similar to Yahoo’s inbox, a preview pane at the bottom while the inbox keeps floating on the upper pane. The main mail folders are Inbox, Drafts, Sent mail, Junkmail and trash which is quite similar to Gmail and Hotmail’s default mail folders.
The compose window fetures a sleek WYSIWYG editor, using which you can attach images and send a formatted email to anyone. Attachments of up to 20 MB in size are supported. The service claims to provide an unlimited amount of storage in it’s first day release.
There are additional features e.g a Social networks panel which lets you connect your Twitter and Facebook account’s and read social media updates directly from your india.com email inbox. Here is how the social media panel of India.com look like
The service also provides an Address book feature which allows you to create contact groups, lists and add information about your online contacts, friends or family members. Though, Importing contacts from other email providers e.g Gmail, Yahoo or Windows Live isn’t supported as of yet.
It appears that almost anyone can book their India.com email address, regardless of whether they are really an “Indian” or not. I have reached out to India.com for additional information on their release, will update the post when they respond.
Thank you Suhel Banerjee for the tip.