For those concerned about privacy, ProtonMail has been one of the best options for secure email – you can get a (admittedly basic) account for free and enjoy end-to-end encryption of your communications when you message other ProtonMail users. But the company’s plans are getting a little outdated. Free accounts only come with 500MB of storage, while the €4/month plan gets you a modest 4GB of storage with a few other restrictions like a daily send limit of 1,000 messages.
Starting today, though, the company is facilitating universal access to ProtonMail and the other services it offers, including VPN, cloud storage, and an encrypted calendar. Going forward, ProtonMail is simply rebranding itself as Proton, pushing its full suite of privacy-focused services and updating all of its plans. The company has a new website (proton.me), and both new and existing users can use the @proton.me address instead of the old @protonmail.com option if they’re so inclined.
Going forward, Proton will offer three plans: Free, Mail Plus, and Unlimited. The new free tier expands storage space to 1 GB and remains somewhat restricted – you can only send 150 messages per day and have three labels and folders, for example. You also get access to the basic Proton VPN tool and a Proton user calendar, although you are limited to only one calendar on this plan. Proton has long said that since it doesn’t show ads, it relies on subscriptions to generate revenue, so it’s not too surprising to limit the free plan.
The Mail Plus plan will cost €5 per month, although you can get it for less if you sign up for a year or two in one take. It’s a big upgrade over the old plan. Users now get 15 GB of storage space shared between their email and Proton Drive cloud storage account. There are no limits on the number of messages you can send or the number of labels and folders you can create, and it supports IMAP email clients via the Proton Bridge tool. There are also additional features like a new “short-domain” email alias (@pm.me) that you can use to send and receive messages as well as 20 calendars that you can share with other users.
Finally, the unlimited plan costs 12 euros per month; The company is positioning it as a way to get the highest level of all of its services at once. This means a total storage capacity of 500GB, which makes Proton Drive more viable for people to use as a backup service. You can use Proton Mail with up to three different custom domain addresses (up from one on the Mail Plus plan) and a total of 15 different email addresses (from 10 on Mail Plus).
But the big difference is that you get the full Proton VPN with the Unlimited plan, instead of the basic option that comes with the other two Proton plans. This includes up to 10 VPN connections instead of one, a total of 1,700+ servers across 63 different countries (instead of 100 servers in three) and faster speeds. For now, Proton will continue to offer its VPN as a standalone product as well – you can get details on that as well as the separation between the basic free VPN and what you get from the full version here.
If you’re new to the world of Proton, the company now has iOS apps for mail and VPN services, and Android apps for mail, VPN, and calendar. The Drive cloud storage option is still technically in beta, so there aren’t any mobile apps for it yet — it’s scheduled for later this year.
And while Proton doesn’t have any major updates to Mail or its other apps apart from unifying them with a new design language, the company has made some updates in recent months. Last month, the iOS Mail app got some design updates and a dark mode, as well as a Conversational mode to make it easier to read threads. Back in February, Proton turned on encrypted search in the Mail web app, and in January added a tracking pixel blocker.
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