Orange email closing , OMG WTF am I going to do ????
The Mrs had an old Orange email account but was told about 18mths ago that the service would be taken away, that and Orange Broadband. She had the opportunity to transfer to EE, which she did. Most of the stuff coming into the Orange email account was spam, the occasional old friend forgetting to use the new email address that sort of thing.Posted 11 months ago
Wasn’t painless, unless you have all your important current live stuff going into it.. just open a gmail account and mail all your important contacts.
News to me. My two Orange emails date from the freeserve days. Would be a complete pain to lose them, partly because newer set ups give me a bloody complicated address and password and partly because they are so unfriendly to use. Gmail being the perfect example.Posted 11 months ago
All my web stuff goes to one and I have about 200 contacts in another that would need to be informed, mostly individually. grrrrrrr
Maybe but the pages are so bloody complicated, give all sorts of unwanted crap and insist on long winded names and passwords.Posted 11 months ago
Any Orange user has stuck there for a reason. It works and is simple.
Many of us loath sodding graphic instead of words, all sorts of defaults and notifications. If I want it to link to something else I’ll bloody well ask it to.
If you can get past the fact that gmail reads everything then it’s great. The apps work well, you can switch between multiple accounts, the password requirements aren’t onerous and you can have the protection of two factor authentication that is only required once for trusted devices. Hardly a PITA.Posted 11 months agoRockhopperMember
I’ve been with freeserve since almost day one. I’d forgotten I even had an orange email account. I’ve just checked it and it still works and there are no emails to say its being closed.
A quick google brings this up:
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The addresses affected by the closure are:
and thisPosted 11 months ago
For simplicity, Outlook / Hotmail is straight forward (once you turn off threaded conversations on the app).
Gmail is great IMO.
This thread just highlights why ISP-provided email addresses are a bad idea. Use a public webmail, or better yet register your own domain name so you can point it where you like, the hosting goes pop you simply redirect it somewhere else.Posted 11 months agostumpy01Member
GMail takes a while to get your head around but works really well once you get used to it.
If you want an ‘old skool’ e-mail account, Yahoo is pretty good these days. You get quite a few ads, but the interface either through a browser or through their app is decent.Posted 11 months ago
Their app particularly has got massively better over the years.CountZeroMember
I had an O2 email account, which was my only account as I had no computer at home, but O2 shut that down some years ago; fortunately I had broadband at home by that time, and a lot of my email goes through my btinternet account, but I’m slowly migrating across to gmail, with some on my .me account to avoid spam.Posted 11 months ago
One issue with the O2 account was that I used it as the emergency address for my Apple account, so if I need an emergency mail sent to me it goes to the zombie account, and I’m not sure how to change it.squirrelkingMember
I already use hotmail as well – quite fond of it really – but I realise that i need to find an email that is not likely to change due to marketing or takeover .
I wouldn’t worry, I’ve had my hotmail.com account for about 17 years now and in that time hotmail.co.uk, outlook, live and finally outlook (again) have came and went.
I sometimes think of registering my own domain but then realise it’s about the same as private plates on cars. Sometimes it’s nice to be anonymous.
Note -.online is 96% off, usually £25 a year!Posted 11 months agoSimon ESubscriber
and how would one go about getting ones own email domain?
without paying of course.
Well IME you usually get what you pay for.
If you get a ‘free’ address with your broadband provider then it’s a ballache if you ever want to move (as we see in this thread) or when it’s down and customer services don’t GAF.
Custom domain is the best option if you don’t want to be tied to one of the big names. It’s not in the least bit like vanity car plates. It will require a little more effort but it’s yours for as long as you renew the domain (£8 for 2 years for .co.uk).
Gmail is as good as it gets for a free setup – IMAP/POP, loads of useful options, clear interface and top notch spam-trapping. Outlook.com isn’t as slick but works fairly well… unless you’re used to Gmail.
I’d avoid Yahoo, the interface is sh*t (and has been for ages), they have had too many security breaches and caused no end of issues for BT/Yahoo accounts. It is up for sale, and how do you think the buyer will make their money?Posted 11 months ago
I very much doubt Google or Microsoft are going anywhere. Apple too for that matter. Yahoo on the other hand…
I have email accounts on all three (and several other places accrued over the years besides), and the only ones I use on a regular basis are Hotmail and Gmail.
I also have a couple of throwaway addresses on mail.com – one is used to download software that demands an email address to send you a download link, the other is an anonymous account unlinked to any personal details that I use to send emails in response to STW queries. And TBH, with the advent of PMs that can probably be abandoned now.Posted 11 months ago
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