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Verizon Pulls The Plug On Their Email Service

By Greg L | 30 June 2017 | Local Economy | 5 Comments

All you folks with a “verizon.net” email address are going to have a decision to make shortly.  Do you pay extra for some unknown third-party email provider to provide you service at some unknown price just so you can continue to advertise the Verizon brand that has now abandoned you?  Or do you sign up with someone else, tie their corporate identity to your own, tell all your friends about your new email address and hope that at some point they don’t do the same thing to you as Verizon just did and start this all over again?

Well, there’s another answer and long ago I charted a course that you’re free to follow.

You can get your own custom domain name from someone like 1and1.com for about ten bucks a year.  Then there’s a bunch of folks who can give you low-cost or free email hosting, and if you decide to switch providers down the road since you own the domain name, all you need to do is point your domain name to the new provider and there’s none of this craziness of having all your contacts update your email address.  If you really want to get fancy, you can put a spam filtering service like MXGuardDog in the mix and they’re going to stop nearly all of the spam, viruses and annoyances that clutter up your inbox with worthless junk. I did this about ten years ago or so, and am never going to have to worry about this sort of nonsense again.

My email costs for my entire family are practically zero.

I can pretty much guarantee that whatever you do by switching is going to end up being a LOT cheaper than whatever Verizon is going to offer through third-parties to let folks keep their verizon.net email addresses.  For those companies to want to take on the challenge of dealing with all the people who can’t be bothered to switch, you just know the service charges are going to be outrageous.  Then someone’s going to decide that the business model doesn’t work, and then those email addresses are going to go away.

Take control of your online identity now.  You’ll thank me later.



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5 Comments

  1. Kim Jong Un said on 1 Jul 2017 at 5:22 am:
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    Who cares what you think? Now you’re a corporate whore?

  2. Greg L said on 1 Jul 2017 at 11:00 am:
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    Apparently you do, Chairman Sawyers.

  3. Steve Thomas said on 3 Jul 2017 at 9:29 am:
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    Greg,

    Verizon sold this business to AOL. You can transfer your verizon.net address to AOL, at no cost/charge. Having done so, I can say that this is a huge improvement over the verizon email service. Their spam filtering capabilities were marginal, allocated storage barely adequate, and mailbox search capabilities atrocious. Their mobile app was even worse. Both the web and mobile app in AOL are a huge improvement.

    Seeing as AOL makes its money off of add revenue, adding thousands of email addresses, along with their associated “eyeballs”, I don’t anticipate AOL charging verizon.net email users for using their service.

  4. Charles said on 4 Jul 2017 at 5:19 pm:
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    I just went ahead a while ago and paid the evil MSN for a yearly service. I know they are not going bankrupt, and they are likely to be able to maintain their servers so I won’t lose my e-mail.

  5. Cynic said on 5 Jul 2017 at 7:06 pm:
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    Thought that Verizon purchased AOL for $4.4 billion.

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