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Old 13 Feb 2017, 09:35 PM   #1
lostsoul62
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One main email for life

The short story is COX has screw my email up and can't even get it on my phone. I will go to AT&T after I move but my question is would it be better to use gmail so no matter where I go or what provider I use I will have only one main email for life?
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Old 14 Feb 2017, 12:28 AM   #2
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If maintaining a single address for the rest of your life is a concern, you're far better off buying your own domain and having it hosted with a mail host provider (i.e. FastMail, EUMX, Runbox or Rollernet). Free services such as Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo are always at a risk of shutting down, and you'd lose access to the email address.
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Old 14 Feb 2017, 04:54 AM   #3
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If maintaining a single address for the rest of your life is a concern, you're far better off buying your own domain and having it hosted with a mail host provider (i.e. FastMail, EUMX, Runbox or Rollernet). Free services such as Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo are always at a risk of shutting down, and you'd lose access to the email address.
I don't expect Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo are shutting down in the near future.
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Old 15 Feb 2017, 04:12 AM   #4
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I don't expect Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo are shutting down in the near future.
I wouldn't be so sure about Yahoo these days...

It's not even about the companies shutting down, but they could someday decide to discontinue their e-mail services, or discontinue the "free" aspect of their e-mail services and start charging money. Or they could simply change the terms of service to something onerous that might make you wish you had hosted your e-mail elsewhere.

Having your own domain is about the only way to guarantee that your e-mail address will be completely portable, and you won't be stuck with a mail provider that you might someday regret.
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Old 15 Feb 2017, 09:37 AM   #5
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I don't expect Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo are shutting down in the near future.
True, but that's not what he asked.. He said "have only one main email for life".
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Old 22 Feb 2017, 06:16 AM   #6
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I think the surest way (though nothing is certain) is to purchase your own domain and use it for email through a wide variety of services. I would venture to guess that Gmail is by far the safest of the major free services simply because it is a core functionality of their entire being as a business--with all of the others they do something else that is their major source of revenue. For example, Outlook.com would probably never go away, but I could envision a scenario where MS decides to start charging for it or make it only available to those who subscribe to some other MS service. Sure, smaller players, like FM, seem very reliable and I wouldn't hesitate to use them and count on them for the long-term, but you never know what will happen.
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