I currently use msn for email. I am going to get dsl with Bell South. Will I have to change my email to @msn.com?
- Matt, February 24, 2007 (name changed for privacy)
Hi Matt, a few of the high speed internet service providers that worked out deals with MSN are offering MSN Premium email services. I don’t believe Bellsouth does this, however, the order forms would state something like “includes your choice of MSN Premium or Yahoo Premium” if it were available.
So assuming it’s not available, remember that your “email” and “internet access” are two separate things. I too have an MSN email account from which I can access from any computer in the world with internet access. I simply visit www.hotmail.com or www.live.com and sign in with user name and password.
Bellsouth DSL will provide you with new email accounts using firstname.lastname@example.org, for example. That doesn’t mean you have to use it. I’d recommend that you auto forward all of your Bellsouth emails to your MSN email address. That way you won’t miss anything important email sent to you about your Bellsouth “internet service” account, billing or support information for example. Then call MSN to negotiate a reduced rate. It’s not that big a deal, because if you go to www.hotmail.com and click “sign up” you’ll see the current pricing for “Hotmail Plus” is $19.95 yearly. That’s what you’re after.
Sign into your MSN dial up internet account, click on your “billing” or “support” links. Call the support number and ask them to change your account type while keeping your existing MSN email address.
Now this all assumes you don’t need to dial up any more. If you still need dial up internet access, MSN will want more money. If needed, you can download NetZero Free for when you travel and need to dial up.
After thoughts: Use our check availability tool to see what Bellsouth DSL currently offers for an email package. All deals change from month to month, so it’s possible for MSN Premium email to be offered by Bellsouth DSL in the future.
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