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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

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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 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 Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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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.
     

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