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Google apps for startup

after 10 users the cost seems too high. Is there better options for business email?

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Wesley Lorenzini
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Wesley Lorenzini Entrepreneur
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I've usedoutlook.comfor business emails once Google Apps started to charge.
Bret Fisher
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Bret Fisher Entrepreneur
CEO and Co-Founder, Winsitter Inc.
There's O365 email-only at $4 a month

There's hover.com (tucows) for basic email services. Much cheaper but you pay per year I believe. (not used their email service but I trust them and use them for DNS) https://www.hover.com/email

IMO O365 or Google Apps is the way to go unless you use none of thecolabfeatures or calendar/contacts, etc. in which any cheap email hoster out there will do (bluehost.com) if you just want IMAP but then you'll likely be dealing with more spam and issues.

You get what you pay for.
Brent Goldstein
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Try Zoho email. It's free for up to 5 users even with a custom domain name. Then they've structured their pricing model to compete with Google after the free tier was eliminated. -Brent
Bret Fisher
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Yea you could get redirect-only emails with your domain name and then use free outlook.com or gmail.com accounts. Then setup send-as for your domain name.
Eric Anderson
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Eric Anderson Entrepreneur
President at Anderson Creations
Get your own domain with web and email, FTP, etc. services out there for $5/mo with unlimited email...
Thomas Knoll
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Thomas Knoll Entrepreneur • Advisor
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The money saved doesn't begin to compete with the benefits of google apps, for calendars account management, availability, IT support time, self-support of the team, etc.
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David Albrecht
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Do you really want to leave google? Best spam filtering available, huge quotas, great search functionality, good UI, rock-solid uptime, and zero management burden for your team.

I run an ops group at a big data company, and at $50/user-year, I wouldn't think twice about outsourcing that.
Rob Gropper
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we went through the same debate. We've used 1and1 email, I have a personal preference for exchange/outlook/office, our dev team was partial to gmail. we looked at email from Rackspace and godaddy too. We've landed on google apps for business and thus far we are pleased. you know that Google and MS will continue to battle for market share and keep each other's prices in check. I personally still use Exchange and outlook to consolidate various email account and calendar, contacts, etc.). For system level emails (contact@, test@, admin@, etc.) use what google calls "nicknames" - you can have i believe 35 nicknames per email account and thus keep costs down.
Louis Hatzis
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Google Apps is the best option, even at $50/user/year. I started to use it 2006 and its been great ever since.
Nikhil Bhardwaj
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Nikhil Bhardwaj Entrepreneur • Advisor
Entrepreneur | Tech Advisor | Web Architect
Rackspace offers email hosting for $2/user/month. (http://www.rackspace.com/email-hosting/webmail/) and offer desktop/mobile/web sync. I haven't used it but I do use their cloud files. Worth something to consider.
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