For years, Gmail has been one of the most coveted email providers around, blowing competitors like Hotmail and Yahoo out of the water with its over 425 million active monthly users. But while Gmail users have come to know, love and connect with the world via their “@gmail.com” addresses, there’s one alternative they might gush over even more: a custom Gmail address that makes them stand out from the pack. Rumor has it that Gmail is launching a new email address feature that will help you carve out your own personal domain in the vast world wide web — all for less than the price of a cup of joe each month.
While standard Gmail addresses have a default format of “email@example.com,” GSMArena reports that Gmail’s custom address option would allow you to switch this default address to a brand spankin’ new address tailored to you, in the format “firstname.lastname@example.org.” For $2 per month, this option allows you to strengthen your personal brand or finally upgrade the email address you registered when you were 15 (somehow, “email@example.com” doesn’t cut it in 2015 ;)
While the standard email option does not come with additional storage on top of the 15GB already offered, for $5 per month, you can get the Gmail for Work option. This option includes customized addresses for you and your team, along with 30GB of online storage and 24/7 support. For $10 per month, you can receive all of the bells and whistles of the Gmail for Work option, plus unlimited online storage and additional features like archiving to protect your business.
The customized email option for standard users isn’t available yet, but the feature has been advertised in the email interfaces of targeted Gmail users, suggesting that Google is still assessing user interest. We have a feeling that creative users will jump at the opportunity to be the king or queen of their own domain.
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