As of 12:30PM Geneva time, Proton Mail iOS and Android apps are available worldwide. Proton Mail is officially out of beta now and we are allowing open signups.
You can directly sign up for Proton Mail by visiting https://proton.me/pricing
The moment that many in our community have been waiting for has finally arrived. We have decided today to open Proton Mail to the public and go from invite only to public registrations. Both iOS and Android mobile apps are also available.
It has been a long journey to get here over the past two years, and not without some difficulty. However, thanks to your support, from our initial crowdfunding campaign, to the continued donations over the past two years, we have been able to overcome many challenges to get to this moment. With your support, we anticipate that Proton Mail will continue to grow and get even better in the coming years.
There were several motivations behind our decision to open up Proton Mail. We have seen in the past couple years, an increasing trend towards more and more surveillance around the world. Whether it is CISA in the US, the Investigatory Powers Bill in the UK, or even the recent FBI case against Apple, the forces working to undermine online privacy are growing. We understand that governments have concerns when it comes to terrorism and encryption, but undermining our collective security by weakening cryptography is the wrong approach. Whether we admit it or not, we are now in the middle of a second crypto war.
It is clear that if people around the world don’t stand up for privacy now, this right will be stripped from us. However, this fight is winnable if we stand together as we saw in Switzerland this winter. Today, even Apple, the world’s largest tech company has moved towards the side of greater privacy protections. This is why opening up Proton Mail to the world is more important now than ever. The best way to defend our right to privacy is to get the necessary tools out to the general public as quickly as possible, and put the decision into the hands of the people and not governments.
This is why we are committed to keeping Proton Mail free for the community. In order to do this, your support is absolutely essential. With the launch today and the millions of new users who will be joining our community, Proton Mail’s operational expenses will also greatly increase. This means we will absolutely need more users to upgrade to paid accounts (or donating) so we have the financial resources to support our growing community.
Unlike companies like Google and Facebook who abuse user privacy to sell advertisements, Proton Mail is entirely dependent on users upgrading to paid accounts to cover expenses. Without this support, the project would not be able to operate. We hope enough of you will support us in this mission so we can continue to protect online privacy.
Thank you again for your support over the years. We look forward to making Proton Mail bigger, but also better.
The Proton Mail Team
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Our Press Release about our Launch can be found here: /blog/launch