How to keep your Verizon email account from being killed off

If you’re a Verizon customer who uses the carrier’s email service, you very well might have an imminent decision to make about your address or risk losing access to your account and associated data.

Verizon has been notifying customers on a rolling basis in recent months that it plans to shutter its email service so that the company can focus on higher priorities. The email domain can be traced back to 2000, when Verizon formed, and the company stopped issuing new email addresses in late 2015.

While attempting to reconfigure my wireless plan today to avoid a possible data overage charge, I noticed on my main Verizon Wireless account page that I had received a series of increasingly urgent messages from the service provider in recent weeks —”Act now or lose email access” was the latest. I actually never use my Verizon email, so hadn’t been checking messages and really don’t care if mine dies off. Verizon is giving me a cut-off date of April 19.

However, plenty of others do rely on their email accounts and have had them for ages. Verizon controls 4.5 email accounts, and figures about 2.3 million of them are active — as in, they have been used in the past 30 days. I personally spotted nearly a dozen messages from contacts using addresses in my inbox over the past couple of weeks.

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