A reader asks…
I recently received an email from Verizon telling me my email account was being discontinued (I use Verizon webmail). I was given a choice of moving to AOL or another email service. I’m not sure what to do.
If you use a verizon email account for your primary email, then yes, it’s time you switched, because Verizon is ditching its branded email service. Years ago, Verizon bought AOL and so for years the company has been supporting two completely separate email systems. Verizon has decided this practice costs too much, and elected to keep AOL up and running and closing down Verizon.net email services. You can read their announcement at https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/email/migrations.htm.
Verizon gives you a few choices. You can keep your verizon.net email address by following their instructions on migrating to another email service. If you choose to switch over to AOL mail, then Verizon will transfer your calendar and contact information as well as all your saved emails and folders. The process is pretty seamless and the only change you’ll make is going to webmail.aol.com instead of webmail.verizon.com to read and send emails. You can keep using your verizon.net email address.
If you decide you don’t want to use AOL, then you’ll have to manage the migration yourself. If, for example you choose to go to Gmail, then you can use the Gmail importer to bring all your emails from Verizon over to Gmail. Visit the Gmail settings for Accounts and Import and click the Import Mail and Contacts link. Follow the on-screen instructions. Sorry, your calendar won’t get imported, for that you’ll have to go to https://www.google.com/calendar, open the Settings and choose the Import Calendar link. You’ll need your Verizon information to complete these tasks.
An alternative would be to export your Verizon email, contacts and calendar events and then import them into Google (or another service provider).
The simplest method is to have Verizon switch you over to the AOL mail platform. Things will work fairly close to the same as they did before. You can always choose to move to a different platform later on. If you do choose to go to Gmail, check out my article Gmail Organizing.