How can I transfer my old email address to a free provider?

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  1. petalino, Feb 17, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014

    petalino macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Not exactly a Mac question, but I doubt that there is a Forum dedicated to email situations.

    Anyway, since I am a longstanding member here, maybe you guys and gals could help me figure out this question.

    A long time ago in the age of first emails, I signed up for an email provider which had the following suffix in their address: I substituted the domain with XXX here.

    As this was before Gmail and free email, this service cost only $23 per year, which was pretty cheap back than.
    A while later, XXX was bought up by another company and yet later by Earthlink. Now Earthlink owns this XXX.NET email domain and still keeps it active, but its not free.

    Since I had my address with XXX from the very start, I used their email address to signup to various websites and still use it for this purpose. I have numerous forum memberships and paid subscriptions including all of my business accounts connected to this email address.

    To make a long story short, I could change the address, but it would be a major hassle. I really prefer to keep it and keep on using it, even if only for the purpose mentioned above. Its so easy to use it to retrieve my long forgotten passwords for services that I barely use and to login to pretty much everything.

    Now here is the real question:
    Earthlink charges me about $30 per year just to keep this address active. I have email forwarding enabled, so all emails sent to it, end up in my current free service inbox. I do not use the XXX domain for my everyday email correspondence.

    Do you guys know if there is a way to keep this address, but not have to pay for it? At this age nobody pays for basic email service, except me. Can I transfer it to Google or whomever and keep the full extension?

    I did call Earthlink a year ago and they told to keep on paying if I really need to keep the XXX active for myself.

    Thanks for your answers to this puzzling question.
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Not easy without the initial hassle but you sure shouldn't be paying fir it these days.

    What I'd do

    Make a list if ALL companies and sites that use this address
    Use your free @me address and inform them all of the change...don't forget banks, insurance companies etc.

    It'll probably take you a days work, but ask for confirmation from each one, and once you are satisfied you've covered them all, kill the paid for account.

    I've had to do this just once, but I got there in the end, and it's got to be worthwhile.
  3. petalino thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Thanks for the advice.

    I might have to do this in the end, but let's see what other readers here say...

  4. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    The company own the email address so you have no option but to pay to essentially lease it if you want to use it.
  5. Curun macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    Emails to the domain go to one direction, it's the address. Think of an email address as 'user@address'. Earthlink owns and controls your ""(address), and may have other customers(users) like yourself using that address.

    Think of US postal service. You can have a letter address to you at your home address, or your wife, or your kid, etc. User @ Address.

    When my school yanked my .edu address, I took control and bought my own domain. It's less expensive, depending on the domain $8-12/yr and you can find discount codes. Often come with free basic email, but you can direct your mail records to a more elaborate host like and get very advanced webmail / exchange push.

    I'd pay for 1 extra year. Try to round up all important accounts now. And hopefully over the course of the next year, if you don't need the address, you no longer need it and let it go.
  6. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    No way to do it as EarthLink owns the domain name. Yes, it is a hassle but a little work. Do it soon so you can have several months to catch anything that might still come in.
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    What the others have said here is's Earthlink's domain and you can't move it.

    To keep this from happening again you'd have to get your own domain name and get email hosting for it.

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