Back in 2010, Google pulled out of China and redirected users to Google.com.hk. Since then it has been a not so smooth experience of using Google related apps within China. For example up till now, I have not been able to update my Google+ at all times when I am in China. Whether it is iOS or Android, the apps for business related to Google are not downloading.
On my website here, I have recommended using Gmail from Google. I personally have not much problems using Gmail in China. There are times when it just will not load on my desktop. On my iOs and Android devises, Gmail seems to be doing alright most of the time. On the business side, when I recommend users to get a 5USD per month per person mailbox from Google, it is hard to push through when the apps for business will not work when you need to demonstrate how to use them. Frustration sets in to say the least.
In China where lots of business cards have emails that are freely obtainable from 189.cn, 163.com, QQ mail box, hotmail, and others, it is not easy to recommend a company that has 20 office staff to pay 100USD per month just to use emails. Even recommending the basic email package from Zoho, which costs 2.5USD/month/user, is no easy task either.
The alternative is to host the client’s website with hosting services that includes simple webmails like squirrel mails etc. And then forward all emails from that webmail to their more popular email box. But the reply-to portion would be a little harder if not careful, then the user’s own email eg qq mail would become the sending email address.
I am looking at Outlook.com free email services that allows user to register their own domain name as the email address, eg, email@example.com. Outlook allows up to 50 users to be registered under that one domain name. This is not a solution for companies that need more than 50 email addresses but could be an easy way out for companies that need only 50 email address for their staff.