If you are an old customer of Virgin broadband then you may have a @virgin.net email address. Virgin Media sold off part of their broadband division to TalkTalk earlier this year so they can focus solely on their fibre optic broadband.
If you have a @virgin.net email address then you only have around 5 months left before TalkTalk will delete the email address and you will have to choose a new email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org. We know a lot of people have had their @virgin.net email address for many years and are very disappointed to hear that they will be losing it. Unfortunately there is no way to keep it and you are going to have to change.
Update March 2016 - We have heard that virgin.net email users now have until June! To learn more read our latest post - VIRGIN.NET EMAIL USERS HAVE UNTIL JUNE 2016!
Update January 2017 - Please read our latest post about Virgin possibly deleting @virgin.net email addresses
We want to help you with this transition so we are going to outline all of your options so you can make an informed decision. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to stick with a TalkTalk email address. And our advice at Maidenhead Computer Services is that you don’t and there are two main reasons for this:
- If you ever decide to change broadband providers you will have to change your email address again.
- If TalkTalk ever got taken over by another company then you could end up with having to change your email address again.
We recommend you look at a more permanent email solution and we outline a few options below.
Choose a free internet based email service
Companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple all offer free email addresses. You access the emails from a web browser or through their dedicated app on your smartphone or tablet. You can also configure them to be used with dedicated email programs such as Outlook and Mac Mail.
Once you have a Google account you have access to other services such as their cloud drive and Google Play. The former can be used to back up your documents and photos whilst Google Play is essential if you have an Android phone. You get plenty of free storage and you also get the power of Google search so it is always easy to find old emails. Go to https://accounts.google.com to sign up.
With Yahoo Mail you get 1TB of storage – that’s 1000GB! It’s very unlikely you’ll ever need this much space but if are one who needs lots of free storage then this could be the service for you. Go to https://uk.mail.yahoo.com/ to sign up.
Outlook.com is Microsoft’s new email service. It sort of replaces Hotmail although you can still choose a Hotmail address if you want. So, for example, if your name is John Smith you could choose either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to https://signup.live.com to sign up. By creating a new email you are essentially creating a Microsoft Account which will give you access to things like OneDrive backup.
If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 then you will already have a Microsoft Account. It might already be tied to your @virgin.net email address. If so, then don’t create a new account but login to your existing account and then add an alias @outlook.com or @hotmail.com email address.
Get a professional email address with your own domain name
You could purchase your own domain name and then have email addresses such as email@example.com. You could also create more email address so, for example, everyone in your family had their own email address – firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com etc.
We suggest you click the add button and add co.uk to the list.
Then just try various domain names to check their availability.
Domain names cost around £10 per year and professional email hosting costs £3 per month. Read more about the professional email services we offer our customers.
It is a good idea to create your new email address sooner rather than later so there is plenty of time to inform all your contacts about your new email address. You’ll also need to update your details with your bank, utility companies and social networks such as Facebook. We recommend you scroll through all your current emails and make a note of people, companies and organisations that you need to update with your new email address.
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