Business opportunity for email providers: IMAP proxy for mobile access

If have been staying off mobile email up to now, for a number of reasons: downloading 500 emails per day is going to be insanely slow, and incredibly expensive. Given that 98 percent of the data is going to be spam anyway, this has not been an option.

I have an email database of roughly 20 gigabytes, collected over the years, so moving that to any email provider is not an option.

Here’s what I’d like to do: have an email service provider collect mail from my accounts, omit the SPAM, and let me access this via IMAP.

OK, so far that’s not impossible. Companies like offer that kind of service.

BUT: I don’t need this every day. Usually I do have access to my email from a desktop or notebook connected to a fast line. I only need that for times that I spend on the road with no access to a decent internet connection. This means that I don’t want my email to accumulate at the service provider. What I’d like to see is an option to have emails older than x days in my inbox automatically deleted, with x being configurable depending on the length of my trips.

Is there any email provider out there doing that already? And no, I don’t want to run that myself. I have no problem paying a fee for this.


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