The idea behind Otherinbox is to provide users with an easy to manage email service to take control of marketing emails and all those community websites and network emails that you receive regularly.
The service provides a web interface and an email address to every user who signs up for the service. The main selling point of Otherinbox is the automatic generation of mail filters and folders. The email provider is creating and managing filters automatically for the email address.
This requires some explanation. You sign up and select a username during the initial setup. The domain for the email address is then created automatically using the formula @username.otherinbox.com. Every email alias that is put in front of the @ will automatically create a new filter and folder for that alias.
This effectively means unlimited email addresses for every user which are harder to guess than those from similar services such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail. This does however mean that every email will reach the inbox and that a new folder and filter will be created for them automatically.
Otherinbox can be used to send emails from available or newly created aliases as well. The real question is if someone would really need Otherinbox. It is not a problem to create a new webmail account and create filters for marketing and networking websites. The only difference is that Otherinbox provides automatic filter generation while they have to be created manually using the other webmail services.
It may be useful to users who are not familiar with those operations, who just want to use a service that works to filter out the emails that they receive on a day to day basis.
Now, it needs to be noted that the creation of a new email address means that all emails sent to your existing addresses won't reach it automatically. You can however add a forward on your mail provider's website to change that.
Is that enough to make the service worthwhile? That's up for you decide.
The Otherinbox team provided Ghacks readers with 25 email addresses. Just head over to http://beta.otherinbox.com/signup/ghacksnet and signup. The first 25 to signup get the beta account.
Update: Things have changed for Otherinbox in recent years. Instead of providing you with the means to sign up for an email account on the site, you can now link your Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Aol, iCloud or Outlook email account to it.
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