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How come email hosting is so expensive, prices are about 2dlls per mailbox while you can get a webhosting plan with unlimited email for 6dlls a month.

I need 200 mailboxes with reliable service, is there something in the middle? 6dlls WebHosting vs 400dlls Email Hosting

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closed as not a real question by MDMarra, Wesley, Jason Berg, Holocryptic, mailq Sep 7 '11 at 22:18

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You get what you pay for. Also, this doesn't belong here. – MDMarra Sep 7 '11 at 22:17
$2/mailbox. That's ridiculously cheap. $5-15/mailbox is more typical. – Jason Berg Sep 7 '11 at 22:18
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Expense comes from features.
A simple POP3 or IMAP mail store with no spam filtering, no backups, no redundancy and no support is cheap to set up, and can be sold cheaply.
An enterprise-grade Exchange environment with extensive spam filtering, nightly backups, compliance archiving, fault-tolerance/redundancy and excellent support by competent technicians is hugely expensive to build and maintain, and comes at a commensurately higher cost to the end user.

If you need a "middle ground" I believe Google still offers a commercial version of gmail as part of Google Apps for Business. I'm not sure if it's within your budget, but it's a great option much closer to the second scenario than the first and it comes at a not-too-horrifying price point...

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I would pay more for it to not be Exchange. – wfaulk Sep 8 '11 at 17:39
Exchange is great. If I'm not required to admin its busted hoopty-riffic ass. – voretaq7 Sep 8 '11 at 21:44
It's great, as long as you don't care about it munging your SMTP headers. – wfaulk Sep 9 '11 at 21:16

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