Yahoo! storage goes negative

Some stumbles in email upgrade

Yahoo!'s announcement that it was increasing storage limits for its email service should have been good news all round. But some Register readers got a rather strange email when they logged into Yahoo! this morning.

"You are currently exceeding your Yahoo! Mail storage quota by a very large amount. You are only allowed -2048.0MB of storage but you are currently using 0.4MB of storage. Your account has been temporarily disabled from receiving new messages."

One reader wrote: "I received an email this morning stating that my Yahoo! mailbox was over the limit. In fact, I was using 0mb of my -2048mb of storage (as stated, I'm not making it up). Apparently, I need to retroactively delete a whole lot of mail to get under the limit. Perhaps they are planning to store someone else's email on my hard drive. Looks like they may be having a few kinks in the rollout. I am a Mail Plus user and pay for the service as part of my DSL bundle.

Is this an alarming new model for email - "We give you email, you give us storage space"?

Others were less lucky - several readers complained they were unable to get into their email accounts at all.

Finally, one reader provides an answer to anyone with email troubles. He recommends a service which offers free unlimited storage space and no adverts or mail readers. So any readers with decent Russian should get over to www.mail.ru ®

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