Telcos and Cable operators are famous for selling their phone and internet bundles with this feature: “5 free email addresses for your household!” First of all, buyer beware – nothing is really free right?
Second of all, if this is your MAIN or ONLY email address – did you think what will happen if you disconnect your service with them, or move to an area where they can no longer be of service for you? The answer is simple: you will lose your email account!!
In this day and age, there are few things scarier than losing your ability to communicate electronically!
Let’s see… on my list, I would rank this in the top 5… alongside losing my sight, having my house burn down. Let’s be real, we live in world where being connected is like having the ability to breathe.
The good old cell phone has been replaced with mini-handheld ‘offices’ like the
Blackberry and iPhone. No longer is being reachable on the “home phone” enough, we need access to the internet, our emails, Facebook, Twitter… the list goes one… And we want all of this 24/7.
Many people activate these email addresses though, because let’s face it, every month you pay huge fees to have telephone and internet service with company XYZ, so you might as well take every little add-on or perk that comes with your account right? And don’t misinterpret us – these email addresses are not a bad thing, you may want to use them occasionally, or when you don’t want to give a real address (for spammers).
However, email has become your electronic identity in many ways. Your access to many websites and service providers is dependent on your email address. many of them use it as your user name (including us ). We suggest that for these purposes you use an email address that will be yours for may years to come and that is not dependent on your current location or a local provider.
Popular choices for webmail these days include AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo!, and of course Google’s Gmail (which seems to be the most popular). All of these options are FREE ( I guess there is something free after all!) and very simple to sign-up with. The
best part is that they are accessible from any computer… anywhere in the world.
When you become a customer of anyone’s these days, they will ask for the “best email to reach you at” think twice before putting down an email address that is provided through your Telco or Cable provider. You need to be able to receive important information about your account, billing and services. If you give them an email address that later becomes disconnected you could be jeopardizing your ability to retrieve important information from your bank, credit card company, utilities and many other service providers.
So, do YOU have a web-based email account? If not – we have one question for you: What are you waiting for?
Start the transition today. You will be surprised but this can take a year or more of correcting email addresses in many different places.
Open your new account with the company think that will be there (for free) for the longest term. then log in to your old (local/telco) email address and set it to forward everything to your new email address. When you reply from the new address then your friends and family will slowly learn the new address.
While you still have time you will be able to ask for password resets and will still receive information that is being sent to your old email address.
But we suggest that you slowly change your email address on your online accounts.