I believe everyone agrees that using Google products is not completely aligned with the values and vision of Status. With Corey’s support and directives, we are working on for some time now to get rid of Google-branded products (Gsuite). When we stop using Gsuite, we will also cease to use Gmail. Therefore, we will need to select a new ESP (Email Service Provider).
In order to determine which ESPs are most suitable and practical for Status, we have tested various vendors. The tested vendors are provided below.
- Librem Mail
The most important criteria for selecting an ESP are privacy and security. The second most important issue is to receive the best possible user experience (the most seamless experience; like what Google achieved)
We have determined that among the aforementioned e-mail service providers, only Protonmail and Tutanota have the features to provide most of our requirements. As a result, we have extensively reviewed the premium accounts of both Protonmail and Tutanota. If you want to learn more about the comparison and review, the documentation can be accessed from here.
Protonmail was the winner of the comparison. Then we reached out to Protonmail team and tried to determine the costs. We requested a quotation with the assumption that Status has an average of 100 Core Contributor (We have asked Stef the number of accounts to request quotation for) As a result, if we create accounts with 100 Core Contributors, it will cost us 7500 USD per year. That means 75 USD per Core Contributor (per year). [Please see the edit below about the price.]
In conclusion, the first step of our two-step plan to remove Google products (Gsuite) is to setup our own SSO (Single Sign-On) and the second step is to determine the ESP to use instead of Gmail. In Protonmail vs Tutanota documentation, we tried to offer detailed information and answer any questions that may come to mind. Furthermore, Carly contributed greatly regarding the legal and official sides of the process. I would like to thank her and I recommend that you read the notes regarding the legal aspect of this process. Because the decision to not use Tutanota is based on legal issues. Although we have created a detailed documentation, we are aware that you may have many questions and reservations. Therefore, this thread is created to answer any questions that you may have.
As a result, we recommend that Protonmail should be used instead of Gmail to get rid of the Gsuite plan.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions/reservations that you may have. We will be pleased to answer any and all of them. It will be extremely beneficial to discuss this issue here, in order to reach a mutual decision. If everyone is ready, let the discussions commence!
Edit: I talked with Protonmail today (28.06.2021), and there are some changes to the price. One user will be USD 48/year. So 100 users will be USD 4.800/year.