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Switching Internet Service Providers? Remember To Do This

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, Security Help, Using The Internet

At one time or another, you’ll probably be faced with changing your Internet Service Provider. Whether you’re moving or you’ve just found a better deal, there’s an important factor to take into consideration: Your email address.  If your email address is tied to your ISP, you’ll need to change it. Because once you terminate the service, your account is gone forever.

An account tied to your ISP normally has an address that ends with the name of the ISP in some fashion or in the case of Time-Warner, you get that That’s why I suggest that your primary email is something like Outlook, Gmail, or Yahoo that you can take with you no matter which ISP you choose.

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If there are any important emails that you wish to keep, you’ll need to either download them to your PC using an email client or forward them to an email account not associated with your ISP.

If you have precious pictures and document hanging out in that account, you need to save them your PC or to the cloud ASAP. You should already be doing that, sometimes we get busy and we forget.

You can open up free email accounts with Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, and other services not matter where you get your Internet service, and that really is preferable to switching to another email address provided by your ISP.  If you switch ISPs again, you’ll just have to change your email address again.

In addition to making sure your friends, family, and business contacts have your new email address, there’s more to think about.

Even if you don’t use an account from your ISP as your primary email address, don’t forget that you might have used it as a secondary address. Maybe the account where your password code is emailed if you can’t log into your primary account. So make sure you check all of your other accounts. Don’t forget newsletter subscriptions and online accounts with your bank and retailers. You don’t want to miss an important notification because it went to the wrong address.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Switching Internet Service Providers? Remember To Do This”

  1. Ernest White says:

    Very good information…

  2. Pat Curtis says:

    Cynthia, Also you forgot to mention that you can pay previous ISP server a small fee each month to keep your old email address($3.00 in my case with former telephone company-Northern Arkansas Telephone Company-NATCO)and had former land phone # for 42 years ported over. I have been into family genealogy since 1979 and when my local telephone decided to go into fiber optic service I didn’t want their option because then I would have a permanently piece of equipment attached to my inside wall as well as plugged into electricity in my home. I went to Suddenlink where I used their cable service and asked them to add to my account/service my land phone service as well as their internet service. Keeping my land phone # (ported over to me) and faster internet service as well as for all 3 services for less than I was paying before each month. Now I do not have anything attached to my wall nor plugged into electricity using an outlet. Regards, Premium Member

  3. JJM says:

    When I transitioned from AOL I set up mail accounts thru my provider SW Bell and ended up with They were bought out by ATT but my addresses did not change. ATT made some changes and now my mail is actually handled by YAHOO via I have read that my address should still be valid if/when I leave ATT but of course ATT won’t confirm that. Can anyone confirm that a can safely be moved??

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