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Gmail Really Wants You to Switch Email Providers

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Gmail will now let you import email and contacts from other email providers like Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL (and a bunch more. Full list at the bottom of the article). This means that if you have an old account that you’d like to merge into your Gmail account, you can do so.

It also means (and this is what Google is pushing for) that users of other services can easily start new Gmail accounts without abandoning everything they have built up with another provider. Google is making the switch more enticing.

In addition, users can have their messages forwarded from their old accounts for 30 days. This allows for time for the transition period.

Gmail Import Options

All new Gmail accounts come equipped with this feature. For existing accounts, the feature is being slowly rolled out.

"You’ll know it’s on for your account when you see the Accounts and Import tab (formerly just called Accounts) under Settings," explains Gmail Engineer Chad Perry. "Sorry, businesses and schools using Google Apps won’t see these new migration options."

Accounts and Import

Email providers that you can now migrate to Gmail:

    * aol.com
    * aol.fr
    * clear.net.nz
    * cox.net
    * comcast.net
    * cs.com
    * earthlink.net
    * freenet.de
    * freeserve.co.uk
    * gmx.at
    * gmx.ch
    * gmx.de
    * gmx.net
    * hotmail.com
    * hotmail.co.uk
    * hotmail.de
    * hotmail.fr
    * Ihug.co.nz
    * juno.com
    * laposte.net
    * live.com
    * msn.com
    * netscape.com
    * netzero.com
    * neuf.fr
    * optonline.net
    * optusnet.com.au
    * orange.fr
    * orangehome.co.uk
    * orcon.net.nz
    * paradise.net.nz
    * rr.com
    * slingshot.co.nz
    * sprint.ca
    * sympatico.ca
    * tiscali.co.uk
    * verizon.net
    * voila.fr
    * wanadoo.co.uk
    * wanadoo.fr
    * web.de
    * worldnet.att.net
    * yahoo.com
    * yahoo.co.uk
    * yahoo.co.in

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  • http://www.webhostanswers.net Hosting Answers

    What surprises is the fact that I’m assuming Yahoo and others had to comply in order to do redirects (forwarding). Wonder how they were able to pull this off, especially with MSN. Interesting, thanks.

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    No website would love to lose its millions of customers it had managed to have over so many years. Google is bullying its way. Very soon the other guys will come up with a solution to bite their share off the Google Cake. Wait and watch. The whole thing is a big game being played at the users cost.

  • http://www.wealthyaffiliateincomes.com jitendra k bharai

    Hello,

    I like this new feature and i use Gmail so its very good for me.

    Jitendra

  • Rick

    If other websites don’t want to lose customers, they should provide a better product. Google sems pretty unafraid of losing people. I have a google apps account and could fire them in 24 hours with little to no loss of data or inconvenience.

    The day that someone else comes out with a competitive product, I’ll take a look. It has to allow me full access to my data so I can take it with me anytime I want. It has to support calendaring and private domains.

    Until then, they are pretty safe. It’s just like phone number portability – only Verizon supported it. I guess everyone else was afraid of losing customers, but they figured they had a better product and didn’t need phone number lock-in.

    Rick

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