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CTinCT

join:2009-08-17
Glastonbury, CT

Legacy Email Addresses

Can anyone say with reasonable certainty what will happen if a current ATT DSL subscriber using addresses in one of the legacy domains (pacbell.net, snet.net, etc.) cancels ALL ATT services?

I'd heard they would still be available through Yahoo, but it sounds almost too good to be true, and one can find stuff like:
»forums.att.com/t5/Email-Internet···/2957445
Thanks!


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said by CTinCT:

Can anyone say with reasonable certainty what will happen if a current ATT DSL subscriber using addresses in one of the legacy domains (pacbell.net, snet.net, etc.) cancels ALL ATT services?

I'd heard they would still be available through Yahoo, but it sounds almost too good to be true, and one can find stuff like:
»forums.att.com/t5/Email-Internet···/2957445
Thanks!

I can't tell you with any amount of certainty what happens currently in that situation. However, I terminated my two AT&T DSL accounts two years ago, and all of my old bellsouth.net and att.net email accounts are still active, and can be accessed from the »mail.yahoo.com web site, and via POP3/SMTP from a PC email client, and from the built-in email client in my AT&T cell phone (I do still have AT&T Mobility service, which may or may not make a difference).

For the POP3/SMTP access, I have successfully used all of the following servers from non AT&T IP addresses:
POP3: mail.bellsouth.net, port 110
POP3: fpostoffice.isp.att.net, SSL, port 995
SMTP: fmailhost.isp.att.net, SSL, port 465
POP3: pop.att.yahoo.com, port 110
POP3: pop.att.yahoo.com, SSL, port 995
SMTP: smtp.att.yahoo.com, SSL, port 465
SMTP: smtp.att.yahoo.com, port 587
POP3: inbound.att.net, port 110
POP3: inbound.att.net, SSL, port 995
SMTP: outbound.att.net, SSL, port 465
SMTP: outbound.att.net, port 587

Of course, the universal YMMV disclaimer is always in effect (especially for the mail.bellsouth.net server since you don't seem to live in the legacy BellSouth region).
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CTinCT

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Thanks for your prompt and informative reply, NetFixer. Only thing that makes me a bit nervous is that you have an active ATT cell account. (POTS and/or TV accounts would too.)


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said by CTinCT:

Thanks for your prompt and informative reply, NetFixer. Only thing that makes me a bit nervous is that you have an active ATT cell account. (POTS and/or TV accounts would too.)

I have no AT&T services as of April, 2011. I switched service to Sonic.net "Fusion" at that time. TV through DirecTV; not eligible for bundle. Mobile through Verizon Wireless. POTS and Internet through Sonic.net, LLC.

All legacy 'pacbell.net' accounts are still active.
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Back in November 2012, I cancelled AT&T DSL after several years and still use my legacy SBC email address with no problems.

You're giving AT&T way too much credit if you think their systems for POTS, cell, etc. are connected in any way other than for billing. Even at that, they can't always keep them in sync.

I could tell you horror stories having personally worked on a handful of system projects for Ameritech/SBC. I seriously doubt much has changed.


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said by ddeisz:

You're giving AT&T way too much credit if you think their systems for POTS, cell, etc. are connected in any way other than for billing. Even at that, they can't always keep them in sync.

I could tell you horror stories having personally worked on a handful of system projects for Ameritech/SBC. I seriously doubt much has changed.

Been there, done that with Ameritech/SBC enterprise projects, and in general your assessment is close to the truth.

However, when I got my first AT&T/BellSouth "dry" DSL account (after the FCC forced them to do it as a requirement for the acquisition/merger), I automatically got a $5.00 per month discount because I was also a Cingular customer. And later, when I ported a couple of phone numbers to AT&T CallVantage from Vonage, I got another $5.00 per month discount for each phone number because I was an AT&T DSL customer. In both cases, I don't recall having to tell anyone that I was already an AT&T customer, or beg for the discount; just my name and address was apparently enough to generate the discount.

As a side note, the $5.00 per month discount on the DSL service was short lived (it only lasted for a couple of months). The reason it disappeared was that it was a BellSouth/Cingular discount, and when the official name change to AT&T occurred, the discount associated with the now officially nonexistent entities died with the BellSouth/Cingular names.
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