Mailbox, the soon to be released Gmail client for iOS that’s unlike any other on the App Store, can now be reserved through the company’s website. If you’re not familiar with Mailbox, it’s a highly unique email app that’s designed to help you reach the ever elusive goal of “Inbox Zero”. Using intuitive swipes, you can easily archive or trash your messages, and even snooze emails for reading at a later time (choose between preset categories or pick your own date/time). Snoozed messages will then archived and removed from view, and eventually return to your inbox automatically, thus allowing you to concentrate on what’s important.
To help ensure that Mailbox is rolled out smoothly and not have their servers overloaded by an onslaught of new users upon release, the Mailbox team is filling reservations on a first-come, first-served basis.
We can’t wait to put Mailbox in the hands of everyone who wants to use it in the coming weeks. But we need to be careful about how we do that because this is email and email has to be reliable. Mailbox depends on servers in the cloud in order to deliver email as fast as possible to the phone, support push notifications, and facilitate email snoozing. While we’ve designed our system to handle lots of users, we want to be careful not to add everyone at the same time.
In order to ensure that people using Mailbox have a reliable and lightning-fast experience, we’re going to follow the path of services like Gmail, Pinterest, and Spotify and use reservations to control the flow of new accounts. We’ve decided that the best way to do this is with as much transparency as possible, so our system is really simple: reserve your Mailbox today if you haven’t already, and once the app is in the App Store, we will begin filling reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. If you already signed up, you should receive a confirmation from us today or tomorrow. If you haven’t reserved your Mailbox yet, you can sign up now.
The reservation page is now live and can be found here. Upon clicking on “Reserve your Mailbox”, you’ll be prompted to enter your cellphone number. When you do, you should receive an SMS with your reservation number (which is your place in line), along with a “Private Code” which will presumably be used to activate the app when it’s ready for download. There’s no exact release date given as yet, though it’s expected to be available in the coming weeks.
As for pricing, Mailbox will be free, and paid premium features will likely be added in the future. At launch, only Gmail will be supported, though the company has said that other email services will eventually be added.