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Verizon will "get out of the email business"

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by AB in DC, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing SoSH Member

    ...and will be migrating people to AOL Mail? Is this a bad April Fool's Joke or WTF?


  2. pedro1918

    pedro1918 Member SoSH Member

    For real.

  3. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing SoSH Member

    This was announced two weeks ago? Apparently I suck at Google-ing.
  4. foulkehampshire

    foulkehampshire hillbilly suburbanite SoSH Member

    Geeze, I didn't even know Verizon had an external email portal for customers, though I shouldn't be surprised. Every ISP/Telecom was in the mail game at some point of time.

    Wonder how many suckers (or elderly) are still paying AOL for their late 90's dialup browser due to a billing "oversight".
  5. johnmd20

    johnmd20 voice of soccer Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    I used Netcom in the 90s, it was like 20 bucks a month and was a decent dial up service and it was my main Email address. Then broadband hit and trying to cancel Netcom took a ton of effort, so much work in fact that I kept it going until 2006 due to laziness. I finally took the time to close out the account and move to Gmail. I was paying that bill for a good 5 years longer than I should have and I'm sure I wasn't unique.
  6. JimBoSox9

    JimBoSox9 will you be my friend? SoSH Member

    This is no joke. Anecdote: my father has been a successful accountant for thirty years, and yet it still 1) took him six months to figure out grandma's telnet bills enough to understand she's been paying $9.99 a month for internet for a computer she doesn't have, and 2) another six months of dealing with the ISP until the charge actually stopped showing up. I weep for the average user.
  7. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

    ISPs giving folks email was just another dick way of locking them into their service early, early on. Back when people legit could switch between dial-up providers reasonably easy (grandmother stories aside :) )

    Now with Gmail and the like, as well as ISPs acting near-monopolistically it's absolutely no surprise that this is happening.
  8. Old Fart Tree

    Old Fart Tree the maven of meat Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Millions, literally. My old company had a partnership with AOL. The numbers are staggering.
  9. the1andonly3003

    the1andonly3003 lurker

    quick question: do you lose your Verizon e-mail address if you cancel internet, but keep the phone line?
  10. maufman

    maufman Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member


    I'm not surprised. Until a few years ago, my parents still had the long-distance calling plan that they were assigned to when AT&T broke up in the '80s.

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