Email Sending Limits of Email Service Providers
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    When dealing with big marketing campaigns many things can go wrong – personalization problems, obsolete lists, numerous follow-ups, and so on. These can all be dealt with with the help of numerous affordable email tools. But when it comes to the sending part of your campaign, you don’t need a tool, you need to know how to choose the right email service provider.

    Jump to the table of email service providers or choose a provider below

    1&1

    Amazon Workmail

    AOL Mail

    AWeber

    BlueHost

    Campaign Monitor

    CounterMail

    DreamHost

    FastMail

    Gmail

    GoDaddy

    G Suite

    HostMonster

    HushMail

    iCloud Mail

    Lycos

    MailChimp

    MailFence

    Outlook

    Planet Hoster

    ProtonMail

    Rackspace

    Rochen

    Runbox

    Tutanota

    Yahoo!Mail

    Zoho

    Why is knowing the sending limits of your provider important? Because otherwise your email campaign is at a risk of not getting delivered and your account may be blocked.

    To give you the most accurate comparison of email service providers, I have to present the full picture. Here’s what I will be comparing: pricing, attachment size limits, recipients/messages per hour limits, and daily email limits.

    1. Pricing. Depending on your budget and campaign size you might need a free or a paid provider. We will provide information on both options. As a rule, most providers offer a free trial for anywhere between a week and a month.
    2. Attachment size limit. If your email campaign involves attachments, make sure they fit the attachment size limits of your provider.
    3. Recipients/messages per hour limit. The key characteristic. Every provider sets their own limits, the breaking of which can lead to temporary ban. Choose your provider depending on the size of your campaign.
    4. Daily email limit. The amount of email that can be sent in a day without getting banned.

    If you break the provider’s limits, you will get temporarily banned, meaning your campaign will be paused. We will not be comparing the ban length: usually the ban lasts only 1-24 hours.

    The table is based on the information provided by the providers through their websites or support teams.

    Email service providerPriceMax attachment sizeSending limits per hour, minute, or emailSending limits per day

    1&1

    $0.99-9.99 per month70-150 MB100 recipients per message

    200 recipients per 5 minutesClick for more provider recommendations
    N/A

    Amazon Workmail

    1 month free trial for 25 users

    $4 per month per user
    25 MBDepends on your account reputation, may be changed upon request10,000 recipients per user

    100,000 recipients per account

    AOL Mail

    Free25 MB100 recipients per message

    N/A
    500 recipients

    AWeber

    1 month free trial

     

    $19-149 per month

    1 MBUnlimited (both within the free trial and paid plans)Unlimited (both within the free trial and paid plans)

    BlueHost

    From $7.99 per month35 MB150 messages per hour

    Limits can be changed on demand
    N/A

    Campaign Monitor

    Free trial (forever, up to 5 subscribers)

    $9-989 per month (depending on the number of subscribers)
    25 MB1,000 messages per hour5 recipients (free trial)

    Depends on the number of subscribers in a plan

    CounterMail

    Free 1 month trial

    $59 per year
    25 MB10 messages per 120 secondsN/A

    DreamHost

    No separate email service

    $0.99-509.99
    40 MBFrom 100 recipients per hour

    Limit depends on the plan
    N/A

    Fast Mail

    30-day free trial

    $3-9 per user per month

    $30-90 per user per  year
    50 MB½ daily limit per hour

    ½ hourly limit per 10 minutes
    120 messages (trial)

    4,000-16,000 messages (paid plans)

    Gmail

    Free

     

    25 MB20 messages per hour500 messages/recipients

    GoDaddy

    Free 1 month trial

    $6.99-14.99 per month
    20 MB100 recipients per message

     

    250 messages


    Up to 500 messages (per additional order)

    G Suite

    14-day free trial for up to 10 users

    $5-25 per user per month
    25 MBN/A500 messages (trial)

    2000 messages (paid plan)

    HostMonster

    From $9.49 per month35 MB150 messages per hour

    May be raised upon request
    N/A

    HushMail

    Free 14-day trial

    From $3.99 per user per month for businesses

    $48.98 per year for personal use
    20 MBN/A350 messages (sent through the webmail interface)

    2000 messages (sent using IMAP/POP/SMTP clients)

    iCloud Mail

    Free to $9.99 per month20 MB500 recipients per message1000 messages

    Lycos

    $4.95 per month

     

    $19.95 per year

    $49.95 per 3 years

    25 MBN/A250 messages

    MailChimp

    Free plan

     

    $10-199 per month

    10 MBN/A2,000 messages per day (free)

    Unlimited (paid)

    MailFence

    Free plan

    €2.50-7.50 per month
    10 MB (free)


    50 MB (paid plan)

    50 messages per hour (free)

    120/140 messages per hour (paid plans)
    1,200 messages (free plan)

    2,880 – 3,360 messages (paid plans)

    Outlook

    Free

    $6.99-9.99 per month (premium plans)
    20 MB30 messages per minute

    100-500 recipients per message
    300 messages (free)

    10,000 messages (paid plans)

    Planet Hoster

    Free plan

    €6 per month
    50 MB200 messages per hour

    90 messages/30 minutes
    N/A

    ProtonMail

    Free plan

    €4-24 per month
    25 MB50 messages per hour (free plan)
    300 messages per hour (plus plan)Unlimited (professional and visionary plans)
    150 messages (free plan)

    1,000 messages (plus plan)

    Unlimited (professional and visionary plans)

    Rackspace

    $2-6.50 per user per month50 MBN/A10,000 recipients

    Rochen

    From $4.95 per monthN/A100 messages/10 minutes1,000 messages

    Runbox

    $19.95-79.95 per year100 MBN/A500 messages

    Tutanota

    Free plan

    €1-5 per month
    20 MB100 messages per hour100 messages

    Yahoo! Mail

    Free

    $34.99 per year (pro)

    $9.99 per year (mobile only)
    ~15 MB N/A (free plan)

    95 messages per hour (paid plans)
    N/A (free plan)

    500 messages(paid plans)

    Zoho

    Free plan

    $3-6 per user per month
    3-10MBN/A200 messages (free plan)

    250-1000 messages (depending on the plan)Campaigns option available

    All the mentioned limits are precautions used to prevent spam sending and let the provider support all of their users at all times.

    The deliverability of your emails depends not only on their content and the state of your email list (hint: always verify emails before sending!), but also the volume of emails sent. Pay attention to sending frequency, the amount sent, and the attachment size. Good luck!

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    Helen Holovach brings you the best articles, guides, and research on marketing, incorporating the latest statistics and trends in the marketing world to make sure every campaign you run is a success. Helen is a dedicated writer, but in her free time she prefers to sit by a campfire and sing songs with a guitar.

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