When Mailbox was first announced last month it received a lot of attention. Nearly every major tech blog covered the app and the company’s vision. The app was so well received that Mailbox may not actually be able to handle the amount of users that will potentially download the app when it is released. Mailbox is now offering a way for keen users to reserve their access to the app. The main way and in which Mailbox is so fast is that it downloads your emails to their servers, compresses it, then sends it over to your iPhone. Because they’re a small company they don’t have the server capacity to handle the potential user base which will download the app.
To reserve your spot, head over to the Mailbox site and enter in your mobile number. When the app is released you’ll receive a text which will give you a code. You put this code into the app to get access.
A few words from the Company
Last month we shared a video demo of Mailbox, the email app our startup has been quietly working on for the better part of a year. The response has been incredible. In the first 24 hours our homemade video was viewed over a quarter million times, and requests for access have been pouring in ever since. Clearly we’re not the only people out there who want a better inbox.
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.
Two years ago, a small team of engineers and designers set out to build the world’s best mobile collaboration tool.
What began with an observation — that people used email as a (terrible) to-do list — evolved into Orchestra To-do, the App Store’s 2011 Productivity App of the Year.
But no matter how much we used Orchestra, people kept sending us tasks via email. And one day it dawned on us: rather than moving these tasks somewhere else, what if we transformed the inbox where they already live?
We’ve come to believe email is here to stay. And while we can’t get away from it, we can change how we interact with it. We can put email in its place.
That’s where Mailbox comes in. We’re creating a mobile-first email experience from the ground up — challenging assumptions about how email works and redesigning the inbox for a world on the go.
We’re taking the very best experiences from the apps we use everyday and applying them to this archaic medium. It’s a new way of looking at your email, but when you use Mailbox for the first time, we believe you’ll say “of course.”