Gmail is an email service developed by Google and free of cost. Apart from accessing it through web browsers, users can also access it on mobile devices via Gmail’s app.
Previously, users used third-party programs synchronizing the email content via POP or IMAP protocols.
It started as a limited beta release on April 1, 2004, and ended the testing phase on July 7, 2009.
Gmail is in common usage around the globe. In America, its main competitor is Comcast. Comcast is one of the most popular internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States of America.
It also provides free email accounts to those who subscribe through it.
Comcast email supports all major email programs that are on the internet. It is also used for many secure and non-secure POP3 emails.
If a person wishes to use Comcast’s Xfinity email accounts, they must have an Xfinity Comcast email account through POP.
For those who are not aware of what POP3 is, it is one of the oldest protocols in the internet message access system.
It is also normally preferred as a reliable email client.
- With POP, all the emails can be downloaded easily on computers. Thus, users can read their emails without having the need to log on to the internet.
- Users can also open any attachment they want to with relative ease. Once open, the files can be downloaded without any hurdle.
- POP also helps clear up storage space on the mail server.
- There is also no limit to the maximum size limit when it comes to emails. Though, it all depends on the space present in the hard drive.
A brief comparison of both
Both Comcast email and Gmail provide more than just email services, especially for businesses.
Comcast started as a cable television provider and now it also provides telephone and internet services.
Gmail is Google’s product and Google has made so many of them that it offers business productivity solutions as well as tools in email, cloud storage, and other organizational tools.
Let us now have a brief comparison of both Comcast and Gmail in email services.
Comcast email account requires a subscription from users. Also, users must pay for at least one of Comcast’s other services: internet, phone or cable service.
The company also makes each service independently available or as a bundle with other services.
Gmail, on the other hand, is a free service and it requires access from an internet service provider.
Businesses who have already subscribed to Comcast’s services might simply opt-in continuing using this service in order to consolidate their costs.
The tools offered
Businesses who have already subscribed to Comcast’s phone services can access their web and voice mails online from their Comcast account easily.
A Comcast email account also offers 1.75 gigabytes of storage space.
On the other hand, Gmail offers 10 gigabytes for each account and it also integrates with other Google services, like text, video chat, phone calling, and storage space.
Company specialty in focus
Comcast and Gmail both offer dedicated email services for business.
Comcast’s business class service offers a Microsoft Outlook account, an email service that is accessible either on the web or through Microsoft’s email network platform.
Businesses who have obtained a Gmail account through Google’s business services will receive more storage space, the option of creating a customized email domain and all this powered by Gmail itself (25GB of inbox space is more than reasonable).
Both companies charge additional charges for business services provided.
For those who receive a Comcast webmail account, they will have a primary email address and six secondary email addresses at hand, which can be assigned to colleagues as well.
A Gmail account only gives users one primary email account, unless they have paid for additional business services.
Yet, with a Gmail account; users get a free account on Google+ (Google’s social network). Google advertises a Google+ account as a method of sharing private information and having video meetings with coworkers.
It also offers another way for people to communicate with clientele and the like.
They both have their own good things and cons, but none really edges out the other. Gmail does give services for free but subscribed services come with charges.
Whereas, Comcast offers a full internet package with email accounts and the like.