Immigrating to a new e-mail and Gmail Alternative

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by MacBH928, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

    MacBH928

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    #1
    Any one immigrated from an old e-mail to a new one?
    I am looking for a GMAIL alternative. Free or paid but it has to be reliable, not a small startup that is going to go belly up in the next 6 months. There are like only 4 main e-mail services (Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook)

    can you share your experience?

    1) How did you deal with websites that use your email as your username?
    2) How did you send over your stored folders and attachments?
    3) How do people set an email with their own domain (@yourname.com)? Do they run their own servers?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

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    Baltimore, Maryland
    #2
    1. If you can't change your username at the website I think you'll just have to keep forwarding email from your old to your new.
    2. The Mac's Mail app will handle this...with a few quirks...the worst being "date received" gets changed. Thankfully, you can sort by date sent. In most cases I have copied email from IMAP folders of old account to folders of new account and usually in small groups. Copying too much at once can lead to trouble as what is happening is simultaneous downloading and uploading. The attachments go along for the ride.
    3. You can have your domain's email hosted in many, many places. I have one hosted at Google Apps and another at Office 365. I'd recommend Office 365 (or a different Hosted Exchange service like Sherweb) over Google Apps for most people. Nothing good and free anymore as far as I know.
     
  3. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68020

    MacBH928

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    #3
    1- Doesn't my old email get suspended after not using it/no log-in activity?
    2-Doesn't have to be free, but reliable. Imagine Amazon sending your account password to your email which is on a startup server that got shutdown.
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

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    #4
    1. Depends on the email provider.
    2. I don't know what you mean.
     

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