New gift certificate functionality to help small businesses and families

By clicking “options”, and then “purchase gift certificate”, you can send gift certificates to FastMail users, which they can use to upgrade their account. However, previously recipients had to already be FastMail users in order to use the certificate.

We have just added new functionality which allows recipients of gift certificates to use the certificate to sign up a new, upgraded account. This will be particularly useful to small/medium businesses and families, or anyone else with a number of accounts under their own domain. To create accounts for everybody in your business or family under your own domain, firstly follow these instructions to create your domain. Then, send yourself a gift certificate for each account which you require for your colleagues or family members, and then follow the instructions in each gift certificate to use it to create a new account. If you need any help in setting up your business or family, please click here to request support.

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Microsoft Smartphone access now available; spam filtering improvements for POP links

Two small improvements:

  • The IMAP client on Microsoft Smartphones had a bug that caused it to fail with many standards-compliant IMAP servers, including FastMail.FM. We have now patched our server to work around this bug, so Microsoft Smartphones can now be used to access your mail.
  • We have now installed the latest version of SpamAssassin on the servers that are used to download e-mail from POP links. Many thanks to forum user DrStrabismus for his analysis which showed that the latest version of SpamAssassin is approximately twice as effective as the previous version!
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