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That's a fair argument. In that case, they should provide an MTA you can plop down on a virtual machine that'll store your emails for you and they interface with using JMAP [1].

[1] http://jmap.io/

"JMAP is a transport-agnostic, stateless JSON-based API for synchronising a mail client with a mail server. It is intended as a replacement for IMAP. The specification is based on the API currently used by FastMail’s web app. It aims to be compatible with the IMAP data model, so that it can be easily implemented on a server that currently supports IMAP, but also allows for reduced data usage and more efficient synchronisation, bundling of requests for latency mitigation and is generally much easier to work with than IMAP."

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