Yes, is FREE, and there is nothing wrong using FREE services. Only those who never spend effort looking for FREE stuff will always say “there is no free lunch under the sky“.
Refer to my “Email Marketing Blueprint“, I had mentioned that I experience email marketing during 2006, set up a few marketing campaigns along 2016 for a newly set up business, by sending a cold email and make a lucrative side income for that year. I am using FREE SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) Relay service as well for those campaigns, and basically, my investment is close to zero.
Well, as a newbie or startup, If you don’t have an additional budget to spend, try to reduce your OPEX, below is the list of 3rd party FREE SMTP Relay service that you must make use for your email marketing campaign
For the free plan, Sparkpost offer 15,000 emails for 30 days including 30 days customer support, after that, subsequence month 500 email per month forever.
If you require to send more email, the next available plan is 50,000 per month for $9, exceed 50,000 will cost you $0.75/1000 email.
Amazon SES SMTP
Want to send 62,000 emails for FREE? Sign up Amazon free tier, set up an ec2 VM, and send 62,000 emails out from the VM every month for 1 year without charges.
Amazon doesn’t offer a free plan except using the above method. Charges for the SMTP is pretty cheap across the market, Amazon charge $0.10/1000 email you send.
Elastic Email SMTP
Elastic offer free trial, allows you to send up to 100 emails per day without charges.
For their paid plan, there had an unlimited monthly plan and also play as you go (pre-paid), I had subscribed their pay as you go plan, top up as low as $5, may start to use their services and their fees is very competitive compared to Amazon SES, $0.09/1000 email
Mailgun offers 10,000 SMTP per month for the FREE plan. After that if you choose the Pay as you go plan, it will be $0.50/1000 email
For Free plan, you can send 6,000 emails per month, the limit at 200 emails per day.
For the paid plan, starting at $8.69 for 30,000 emails and no limit per day, the email you send out will not have mailjet’s logo.
Sendgrid uses to be my favorite, but their free plan had reduced on free SMTP. Now they offer 40,000 emails for the first 30 days, then 100 emails per day forever.
On their paid plan, starting at $14.95 for 100,000 email SMTP.
As a summary, if you are using desktop senders such as sendblaster pro, ultramailer or using self-hosted email systems such as mailwizz, interspire or any cloud base autoresponder, you can integrate all this SMTP and start your email marketing campaign free of charge.
If you looking for email contact, you might want to find out how to scrape LinkedIn’s email from Google. Please note that SPAMMING will not help much, and I am always encourage running cold email campaign, mean only send targeted content to the targeted audience.
There is plenty more FREE SMTP relay service out there, some provide high number of free trial, I will constantly update this post for new SMTP that I personally tested 🙂