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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 Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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

    verizon.com/email

     
  2. pedro1918

    pedro1918 Member SoSH Member

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    For real.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...new-crop-of-customers/?utm_term=.c8d792439cc4
     
  3. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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

    foulkehampshire hillbilly suburbanite SoSH Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    the1andonly3003 lurker

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

    maufman Dope Staff Member Dope Gold Supporter

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    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.
     
  11. gtmtnbiker

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    I tell people with ISP emails to switch to MSN or gmail but some of them don't listen. One coworker just got the Verizon switch to AOL notice and went ahead and migrated his account. Still has the same Verizon email address. The nice thing about the switch is that he now has IMAP. Can you believe that all these years, Verizon only had POP mail support?
     
  12. the1andonly3003

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    would you mind explaining the difference of POP vs IMAP?
     
  13. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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    POP is a lot older. It sucks if you access your email from multiple computers, because it basically works by pulling down email from the server and working with it locally. So if you use your computer and your phone to access email, things can get out of sync--you read a message on your phone and it's not there on your computer, or you configure things to address that but now you delete it on your phone and it's still there on your computer.

    There are a lot of workarounds to make things go more smoothly in modern POP implementations, but ultimately they're all attempting to wallpaper over a core architectural problem.

    IMAP is designed to work with everything happening on the central server, and plays much nicer when you're doing stuff from multiple computers (or phones, whatever).
     
  14. Suze

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    According to a thread on DSLReports: No, you do not lose your Verizon address if you cancel internet, PROVIDED you migrate that address to AOL before you cancel. And you can keep your phone line.
     
  15. the1andonly3003

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    interesting...we canceled before they started their migration process...we're still waiting for our notice
     
  16. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Is this still ongoing? We transferred two weeks ago. If anything, the service is much better. But a friend of mine has not rec'd a letter from Verizon re migrating. Do you have to wait or can you go ahead on your own? (She is getting letters from random businesses saying she will lose her email unless she does something toute suite, and it's nearly impossible to get Verizon on the phone.)
     
  17. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I'm guessing they're doing it on a staggered basis.
     
  18. the1andonly3003

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    we were told that we need to wait for the notice
     
  19. the1andonly3003

    the1andonly3003 lurker

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    fyi, we received our e-mail today to transfer to AOL. took less than 5 minutes
     
  20. DrBlinky

    DrBlinky Member SoSH Member

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    I transferred my account recently. I was hoping to use IMAP after the transfer but it turns out that Gmail, which I had been using as a client for my VZ email, does not support connecting to other mailboxes with IMAP.
     
  21. the1andonly3003

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    any expectation that Yahoo and AOL mail merge under Verizon? what are the pros and cons of each client?
     
  22. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    You combined two shits to create one mega shit.
     

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