Would you like to pay for an Email in 2020?

Would you like to pay for an Email in 2020?

Emails are part of our lives now, we need to provide an email id for every online service while signing up. Most of the times emails act as a user id to login to the accounts. If you are using an email account for a long time, there is a high chance that your mail account getting spammed with promotional, phishing and malware emails. The tech companies are using Artificial Intelligence to check every mail before hitting the inbox and filtering them according to content in the email. By mining the content in our emails these companies collect the data on us and target with the ads.

How safe are our email service providers?

I would say at all the free email service providers scan our emails. If you want more privacy you need to shell out money or use the limited free version of Proton Mail, a Switzerland based email service developed by the scientists with end-to-end encryption. 

The other free and popular email service providers like Gmail, Yahoo mail, Outlook and others don't provide encryption. If you are using any of these services you will experience the targeted ads while using the service.

Organising the emails

Nowadays, you need to provide your email for all most every service you are using digitally. Every established company sends an email as a receipt those emails are separated as updates in Gmail and Others in outlook. These emails will be shown in the inbox and divert your mind when you are working and discourage you with the number of unread emails in your inbox.

Spam and Unwanted Emails

If you are using the email for a long time you might experience un-wanted emails that are spamming your inbox. Even though the spam filters are filtering the emails for spam, one or two emails might pass through and bloat your email.

Let us Talk about the latest Email Sevice Hey!

Hey! is an email service provider built by the basecamp. Basecamp is known for premier project management + internal communication tool for remote WFH teams worldwide. For just $99, every user in the company can use the communication tools and storage, instead of paying for the different tools for every user.

To use Hey! you need to shell out $99 per year. If you are more into emails for your work and flexible about your email address you can use Hey fro more productivity, easy access to emails and for more storage. 


Hey! opens all the important emails at once and shows in one place like your social media feed. If you need to reply an email, you can send directly from the feed without going back and forth to reply to each and every email. This feature is called as feed by the company. This feature is developed from scratch to give more productivity to the users.

Using group emails is much easier and cleaner than the older thread model. In Hey! you will be able to track the email from each and every user individually.

Easy Access

Hey! creates a page for every mail-id that is visible to you only. In that page, you see the conversations you shared with them and file you shared. This feature helps you find the attachments, emails and other stuff easily which is the interesting feature in this platform.


Well Hey! provides you with 100Gb of storage which is enough for daily needs. But comparing to the yahoo mail 1Tb storage, hey provides much less for paying $99 a year which will be sufficient for power email users.

Privacy and Security

Hey! doesn't provide any end-to-end encryption like proton mail but like other email service providers, Hey has two-factor authentication which adds an extra layer of security. Hey! blocks the tracker mages that tack your details and send your data to the senders. Instead of just blocking the images, they relay the data from another server like a VPN service and shows you small blue colour binoculars at the profile picture indicating that email is tracking.

Spam and unwanted emails

Hey! don't use any state of the art Artificial Intelligence to scan your emails and sort the emails into sections. The company feels that this step would violate the privacy of users, instead, we need to sort the emails by ourselves. If anyone sends you an email, first you need to accept the email to show in your inbox. This feature is just like a friend request on social media. If you rejected the email, the email is sent directly into the spam box and that email will not have your attention.

Every online company sends you an email for the payment you made on their websites as a receipt. This email goes into the update section if you are using the Gmail. The notification draws your attention and wastes your precious time. The company has created a special section for the receipts known as a paper trail. Unless you click on the paper trail the emails in that section will not show up in the Inbox.


If you want to have any two-Character email-id, you need to pay $999 per year. If you want 3 character email id, you need to pay $349 per year. If you are interested in 4 characters or more in your email id, you need to sellout $99 per year. Check out the pricing page for more details.


Overall, the company is just starting the email service. so, there is a chance that the company is going to launch more email organising features and privacy features in upcoming updates. Hey! just organises your emails according to your preferences and grabs your attention to only important emails with a much cleaner eye-soothing User Interface. No one in the right mind would pay for the email, but it's worth if you are working with emails. At present, the company doesn't support the custom domains emails but they are intended to support in future. 

This email service provider doesn't support the outlook but they provide their own apps to all major platforms. The free version is yet to come. You can now try the email for 14 days and need to pay to continue after the trial period ends. I think the company should at least provide burner email id like temporary emails just to signup services for the $100 a year.

If you have time to spare watch the video by Hey! CEO explaining the Email service.

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