RocketMail was one of the first major, free webmail services. The
service was originally a product of Four11 Corporation. For a brief
RocketMail battled with
Hotmail for the number-one spot among
free webmail services. Four11, including RocketMail, was acquired by
Yahoo! in 1997 for $92 million.
Yahoo! assimilated the RocketMail
Yahoo! Mail was essentially the old
At the time of the transition,
RocketMail users could either choose a
Yahoo! ID, since they were not guaranteed the availability of their
RocketMail ID on Yahoo!, or could use username.rm as their
Thus, they were able to keep their rocketmail.com address and receive
the same services as all
On 19 June 2008,
Yahoo! started the
RocketMail brand again by allowing
new users to sign up for accounts under the rocketmail.com domain,
which had not been possible since its acquisition of Four11
Corporation. In April 2013,
Yahoo! closed support for creating new
Rocketmail email addresses; existing Rocketmail accounts were not
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The Associated Press. 19 April 2008. Archived from the original on 3
^ "Rocketmail and Ymail no longer being offered as registration
options". help.yahoo.com. Yahoo!. 23 October 2014. Archived from the
original on 14 December 2014.