Freeserve/Wanadoo/Orange/EE is closing on 31 May 2017
I've had my accounts since 1999 when I signed up for Freeserve
The great thing that is unmatched by other free accounts is that you
can put anything you like before the @ which is invaluable for tracing
where spammers obtained your email and for inbox filtering and
Also invaluable when email address is required for a login, because
you can have multiple variants for multiple accounts, it's this that I
am going to miss most.
I suppose I should be thankful that the service has been available for
as long as it has.
On Wednesday, 8 February 2017 00:15:57 UTC, Graham. wrote:
If you get your own domain name (which isn't free but is only a few quid a year) and forward all the incoming mail to a gmail account you get the above for incoming mail. Changing the "from" address to your own-domain in gmail is more awkward.
£8 is a few compared with £360
What is te coat of broadband? about £30 a month inc rental of the line.
what is £8 a year compared to that?
Even my virtual server costs less than the means to access it.
“It is hard to imagine a more stupid decision or more dangerous way of
making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people
Thanks for the heads up! It would have been nice to have been notified
first by EE on the email address they have for my contact details. It
appears to affect all email services ever provided by Wanadoo, Orange or
EE or any other minor players they absorbed in the past.
Take a look on demon.service for tips on how and where to obtain similar
functionality for lowest cost. Voodofone are doing something similarly
bad to their old Demon customers at the moment but with less warning (as
you might expect from a bunch of cowboys).
At least there's time to set up another (new) gmail account and
remember/reconfigure all the places that might have my
blah.freeserve.co.uk e-mail address for notifications, and a couple of
months to catch those I'd forgotten about that I want to keep!
Freeserve/Wanadoo/Orange really aren't worth it any more. The small
free webspace finally went (Aug 2016?) and now the e-mail. Those are
really the only things I've hung on for with Freeserve/Wanadoo/Orange
and deterred me from looking elsewhere. Time for a change. Oh and
Freeserve/Wanadoo/Orange have been putting up the monthly fee a couple
of times recently. They're obviously not interested...
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
I have an fslife email address which I haven't actively used for years.
Nevertheless, there are about 50 organisations which still sent
newsletters etc. to variants of that address and/or with which I've got
a logon which uses that address.
So I have a fair bit of reconfiguring to do in the next 3 months!
if you own say <Grahamsmail.co.uk> say then mail addressed to
"anything_in_here.Grahamsmail.co.uk" will come to your mailbox and if
you end up with spam on one of the addresses, you can just block it at
the forwarding stage.
I also use 123Reg and find it cheap and trouble free.
The cost of running an email server used to be trivial.Of course that
was before IMAP and everyone leaving gigabytes of mail on forever, all
needing to be RAIDED and backed up. -a mammoth task in itself.
These days it's the cloud or do it yourself.
I would advise everyone to do it themselves.
Clouds cannot be trusted.
given a domain for about £10 or less a year, you then need a VPS out
there on a fixed IP address. For mail, a couple of personal web sites it
needs bugger all RAM and disc space is up to you. This one is £72 per
So that's a grand total of £82 a year for your very own domain, cloud:
mail and web server and drop box and everything - a place where you can
make all your data as globally accessible as you want.
And you can back it up to a home based machine every night
Canada is all right really, though not for the whole weekend.
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