Why You Should Switch from Hotmail to Yahoo, AOL, or Gmail

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With Hotmail servers going down again for the second time in as many weeks, we once again got hundreds of queries as to whether the Hotmail servers were down (they are).

“What,” we keep being asked “should we do?”


At this point, the only thing we can say is this: if you must have free email, we strongly recommend switching from Hotmail to another free email service provider such as Yahoo, AOL, or Gmail. We personally recommend either Yahoo or AOL, as they are not only reliable, but they are the top two in ensuring that email you want gets through to you, while still being very good about trying to keep spam out of your inbox. By contrast, many businesses simply refuse to send email to people with Hotmail accounts, because they are notoriusly difficult to deal with, even when their servers are up.

From the other side of the equation, of any email provider, Hotmail is also the most difficult to deal with even for industry colleagues. Hotmail is the only provider which makes it impossible even for industry insiders and peers to contact them about a problem. Where AOL and Yahoo have certain protocol, and hoops through which you have to jump, you can get through to them if you have a problem with your mail getting delivered in to either system. By contrast, if you have a problem sending email to Hotmail, they simply tell you to go pay Bonded Sender to get on their approved list, which is still no guarantee that the problem will be resolved. This means that if someone who you want email from can’t get their email through to you, either they have to pay a lot of money, or you just won’t get their email.

Yes, it’s a hassle to change your email address. But isn’t it more of a hassle not being able to get to your email at all?

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8 thoughts on “Why You Should Switch from Hotmail to Yahoo, AOL, or Gmail

  1. I certainly do not agree with any of this bologna.
    I have serveral email accounts with many providers including Yahoo, Google, and Hotmail (@live really).
    The most robust email client I use is the Hotmail because of the simplicity to connect with Outlook (even though Gmail is possible, but yahoo is not). With its new builtin mini office suite, I can do pretty much anything from any computer, be it mac or pc.

    P.S. for consideration I am biased against Mac and Yahoo for their upholding of compltete proprietary products; and Google for its unheard of ability to infiltrate the lives of millions without them even knowing, be it from nievity or stupidity.

  2. gmail is the best plus you can keep your same email adress so people send emails to person@hotmail.com it will go to your gmail account

  3. Could not agree more on that! It is a must do, just get rid of that Hotmail account, there are plenty of other better free email providers. Really!
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  4. I have been with AOL for four years, and have had one problem after another! Biggest and most prevalent problem is a ton of disconnects, like daily! I want to go to Yahoo, however, I don’t know how to go about it, without losing my AOL mail and address which I wish to keep. Can someone help me?

  5. Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:30pm Eastern Time:
    Hotmail is down again. I pay hotmail for the e-mail; I do NOT ask for free e-mail, I just ask for reliable e-mail and hotmail has had too many outages recently. Also, I cannot e-mail hotmail. Very frustrating. Even though it is much work, I must switch to a more reliable e-mail.

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