How to keep your email address when changing internet service providers

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Saying goodbye to your Internet service provider does not necessarily mean saying goodbye to your e-mail address. Of course, this depends on your e-mail provider and Internet service provider. Read on to learn how to keep your e-mail address when changing Internet service providers.

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Things you need

  • Internet service provider
  • Email
  • Computer

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Instructions

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    If you presently have Internet service through MSN (Microsoft Network) or AOL (America Online), you will be able to keep your e-mail address. You will have to access it through their website and cannot use a third-party e-mail program to access it. You will also need to connect using your new Internet service provider.

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    If you have a Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail account, there is no need to send your contacts a new e-mail address from your new provider. Keep using the web-based e-mail you already have. You can access it from anywhere.

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    Some Internet service providers will allow you to keep your e-mail account with them open though you no longer have Internet access through them. Ask about this when cancelling and be prepared to pay a monthly fee of between £1.90 and £3. You will need to access the email through their webmail portal on their website.

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    Sign up with a web-based e-mail provider and use that exclusively. This includes Yahoo, AOL, Gmail, and Hotmail. There are others out there, but these are the larger providers. If you want a Gmail account, you will need an invitation from a current Google mail user or sign up on the Google site. If you want a Hotmail account, you can sign up through the new Windows Live account services. These services are all free and have an expanded menu of services and storage from what they did in the past. Do not use the email address(es) provided by your new ISP (Internet service provider) as you will have to notify your contacts and change your address book each time you change Internet service providers. If you use a web-based provider, you will be able to access your e-mail from anywhere in the world on nearly any computer, including both Macintosh and PCs.

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    Links for the web-based e-mail providers are mentioned within this article for your convenience.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use your last name or address when creating a new e-mail address.

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