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The much-anticipated iPhone app, Mailbox, has just been posted in the App Store this week. Interested users will need to reserve a free access code in order to use the app on their iPhone.

Mailbox makes use of the multitouch finger gestures of the iPhone, which will enable you to navigate, respond to, delete, and archive email messages with the swipe and tap of your index finger. Mailbox has a similar UI design similar to the popular to-do app, Clear. Mailbox is currently optimized for iPhone and Gmail/Google Apps. The developers say they will be adding support for other devices and email providers in the coming months.

Mailbox displays email messages similarly to how the default Mail app on iPhone does, but that’s where the similarities seem to end. With Mailbox, you can swipe on a message to review it at a later date, e.g. tomorrow, next week, or in a month. This feature is more convenient than simply starring emails where they all end up in a Flagged folder.

Mailbox will enable you to also scan entire email conversations at once, with chat-like organization. And as with Mail, you will be able to get push notifications for new messages coming through Mailbox.


After reserving your spot (by supplying your iPhone phone number) you will receive a text message that includes the special code. When you have downloaded the app from the App Store, you input the code in order to set up an access your mailbox. Reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Have you had a chance to use Mailbox yet? What do you think of it?

Source: Mailbox

  1. Anonymous
    February 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I am installing the app as we speak, and I don't mind waiting.. Like some people would say.. I can't miss what I haven't had. So when I finally get my turn, I am sure it will be all that Bakari said.. Thanks.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Mar, that's the way to think about. It sounds as though if they had released the app and allowed everyone to sign on at the same time, there would have been thousands of complaints about the server being slow. So basically, yeah, users just need to wait their turn and not think about it. The reservations will be filled hopefully with less problems of overloading the servers.

  2. Karsten Hormann
    February 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    162,315 people ahead of me at the moment but it looks like it's worth waiting. The counter is definitely going faster than last night when I checked first, it was going down one person every 30 seconds, now it's more like 1 person a second.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      It sounds like it's a good thing they set it to add people in increments, because it would be a disaster if their server couldn't handle the deluge of users accessing their servers.

      • Karsten Hormann
        February 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

        That's what I'm thinking too. I'd rather wait now than have an app/service that doesn't work. They also said beforehand you wouldn't be able to use it right away, that was the whole point of registering.

  3. Eric Montgomery
    February 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    558,000 people in front of me. I'll wait and we'll see. Always fun to investigate something new.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Awesome and positive way to look at it. It's like a comedian who said that people immediately start complaining about a new piece of software or technology that two minutes ago they didn't even know existed or was even possible. I've been using Gmail like 8 years now. I'm sure I can wait a few weeks to use Mailbox.

  4. Bill G.
    February 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Don't bother. 24 hours after installing the app and getting my place in line, somehow 110,000 people jumped ahead of me.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Bill, you might find it worth the wait. I got an advance media license, and I must say that Mailbox, though it only works with Gmail for now, is definitely much better app than Apple's Mail..

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