Treefrog hops to it with Nzoomail for Kiwis

Service to showcase high-volume email system

One of the first freemail services in New Zealand, Nzoomail, has sprung back again after being dormant since December last year.

Nzoomail was originally run by TVNZ, as part of its website, but was later operated by ISP, ICONZ, until last year, when it closed down after a spate of systems failures.

During its heyday, Nzoomail had around 30,000 active email accounts.

Now Auckland developers Treefrog Systems has acquired Nzoomail and relaunched it, partly as a free public service and partly to showcase its high-volume email system, GoPostal, says Matt Camp, COO of the software developer.

Camp and Treefrog CEO John Russell are ISP veterans, having worked in the industry for the past decade. The pair are aware that pitting Nzoomail against US giants like Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail won’t be easy, but they hope their service will appeal to New Zealanders looking for a local freemail provider. A total commitment to user privacy is one of the things Camp and Russell hope will lure Kiwis back to Nzoomail.

Presently, Treefrog staff are busy clearing out the byte-rot in the old system, starting with the messaging back-end, Camp says. The service is operational, but will see significant improvements, according to Camp.

Big increases in storage, better security and anti-spam filtering, and a clean-up of the webmail interface are already slated. Users will also be able to have their own domain names for their email, Camp says, once the system is fully functional.

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