Are You in Line For Mailbox? [iPhone]

If you follow tech news, it’s been hard to miss mention of Mailbox. Mailbox, as described in some glowing reviews, looks to be a new way to handle email, with a focus on Gmail. The general concept behind Mailbox is to help you get to inbox zero by letting you perform full and half swipes to the left and right to archive, delete, and defer messages. The current problem with Mailbox? There’s a long line to get it.

Although Mailbox is focused on Gmail, your mail does go through the Mailbox servers in order to be able to be processed by the app (you can decide for yourself whether you’re comfortable with the security implications of this). As a result, the developers wanted to make sure that they didn’t overload the servers, and have gone with a staggered rollout, using an invitation system. Open the app before your turn comes, and you’ll see something like this:


Cult of Mac has a story with some calculations to help give you an idea of when you might get in, based on your place in line. If the developers are right, these calculations will be a worst-case scenario, as the developers have indicated that they plan an exponential rollout as time goes by.

Are you in line for Mailbox? Or is this all a lot of hype and little substance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Or maybe you already have it? If so, let us know what you think.

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  1. I have it and I am very dissapointed

    The mailbox app, doesn’t even handle labels, which I see is one of the major things in Gmail.

    I can’t label a mail and I can’t even see my old lables.

    Since I rely on heavy filtering and moving stuff direct out of inbox and label them, this mail app may be pretty and so, but I would have thought it at least could support labels.

    • Uffe, there is a way to use labels, according to some people:

      I haven’t tried it, so I can’t vouch for it. After I get the app, I’ll probably report back with my impressions on this way of using labels.

      I believe the developers have stated that they think search is the way to go, versus using labels, but I agree that one size doesn’t fit all. About 95% of what I label could probably be found just as easily with search, but that 5% could be a deal killer if labels don’t work with the app (for example, I receive many pitches for content for this site, and I like to keep them all filed away under one label for easy access. Every pitch is different, so there’s no way I’d find them all with search).

      • Hi Evan!

        Hi Bakari!
        Yes I have been playing around with that last night, but I am not sure if that is what I want.
        I have like 25 labeles that get filled from different forums and som on, not all on every day, but some one day an another day.
        I want to get rid of these from inbox, and read when I feel about it.

        I have the setting “Show when unread” in Gmail, and that is perfect since I then have a pretty clean left panel in Gmail, and I only see when some label got some new stuff into it.

        Tried to move some of my own labels inside the [Mailbox] label.

        That works fine, just that, when something arrives under [Mailbox] every label is visible. That means that I do have to do a lot of scrolling to get to the, perhaps, just one label that has new info, and that mess up my left panel and is not so clean that I like to have it in Gmail.

        Regarding the search, I might agree on that abit, but since I do file a lot of my online invoices to car1, car2, house, caravan, snowmobile and so on, its a lot easier to label the invoice “Car1”, “Caravan” and then get it out of inbox.

        Serching for “invoice” would just get a lot of them.

        Hope I explained a little about my feelings, and with hope that the app will support lables in the future

      • I’m hoping for label support, too. I don’t have the app yet, so don’t really know yet how well it will work for me.

      • Hopefully they will integrate that (for me totally obvious) feature!

        Thanks for the link anyway, will play around, but not sure of it will do. The lack of being able to set a label, I think is just a must handling Gmail.

        Cross our fingers and hope that lables is prio 1 til next release =)

  2. NO.

    Seriously how awesome could email get?

    I really doubt that apple will figure out some cool way to make you use your email.

    They’ll probably just set it up so SIRI can read your messages to you, Yaaaaawwwwwwnn.

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