Originally Posted by MichaelH
I am affected too. I had four free email addresses which I used as contact addresses for posting on web sites. (I am an amateur webmaster and posted the addresses in the "Contact Me" section. Avoids the risk of getting my personal account spammed.)
Now I don't know what I will do. I don't want to pay for four email addresses just to be used as potential spam magnets.
Looks like many companies are feeling the pinch. Myway.com, which was run by Excite, was terminated December 2015. They claim the email service will continue, but who knows.
Even Google, which offered free hosted webmail for webmasters some years ago, stopped that particular service. That service is now part of G Suite, which costs $5 per month per user.
I suppose it is all because it is getting harder and harder to make money online. People are simply no longer clicking on ads. But if advertising doesn't pay the bills anymore, what does that leave? A user pay system. I am sure this trend will continue.
Assuming you don't have a downer on Google . . .
Use a contact form instead - check out this Google Forms Guide
Then change your website "Contact Me" section to link towards the Google Form instead. The form gets filled in and submitted, then you get an e-mail from Google that someone has completed your form. You don't give out any e-mail address with this option.
If you want a cheap option to host your websites, I use the Google Cloud Platform
and am currently paying less than 25 cents per month to host my personal websites with them.