They are called Talk Talk, not Mail Mail...
Hundreds of TalkTalk customers have been locked out of their email accounts after the network took steps to deactivate legacy addresses. Customers took to the company's forum to complain their accounts had been deactivated, seemingly without warning. The company appears to have only targeted Tiscali and Lineone email …
" no doubt using their premium rate phone line. "
Last time I had to call TalkTalk about a problem (a few years ago since you ask) the call didn't cost anything because it was made on a TalkTalk phone line.
This is from their help page.
'Calls are free from your TalkTalk phone. Non-TalkTalk 3ppm plus your phone company access charge.'
I'm all for bashing big companies but not when it comes to repeating mistakes 'some bloke on twitter' made.
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I've been affected by this issue. I'm an ex-TalkTalk/Tiscali customer and I've had to pay a few quid for the privilege of getting my access back (which still hasn't been done btw despite being on the phone to them for a total of 3 hours).
Their support team is as diabolical now as is it was when I left them.
So I think they deserve a bashing in this instance.
>> "And it seems that if you're unlucky enough to be affected, you have to contact TalkTalk yourself to get it sorted out, no doubt using their premium rate phone line"
Uh, Premium rate phone line ? If you are a talktalk customer it's free, if you are stupid enough to keep using your old ISPs mail system years after you left them more fool you.
if you are stupid enough to keep using your old ISPs mail system years after you left them more fool you.
Hmm why is that then?
Especially when a user may not have left them.
In my case, I was a Pipex customer when that was bought out by Tiscali and they discontinued the Pipex email accounts, Then Tiscali get bought out by TalkTalk, so do I have to then change address again?
If you are using a service that you have stopped paying for then I have little sympathy.
Having said that their Customer Support really really sucks especially when you have a problem that isn't a very common one. We had an intermittent problem and trying to talk to human about it took days. I think I tried selecting almost every option to try and talk to a human.
Also their service status page often lies. Unless a fault is affecting a lot of people they won't mention it on their status page. I would have thought OFCOM should insist on that one.
Also the status page is (or certainly used to be) only accessible once you logged in, so when I had a problem logging in....
TalkTalk want to have their cake and eat it. They're happy to earn advertising revenue from ex-customers using the webmail but they're also happy not to invest in the service to prevent rubbish like this happening.
Would you also have little sympathy for users of outlook.com and yahoo if their services crashed and burned. It's free after all?
I agree with your points about their customer service though. What's most shocking is that it's been like it for years and there's been no change whatsoever.
My Father uses Talk Talk with an old Tiscali email address. I can assure anyone from Talk Talk's press department that he is not a sender of spam. He sends 2 emails per week to the Golf Club secretary. Talk Talk is being constantly plagued with downtime and technical problems and ought to get its house in order rather than place blame on the shoulders of other people, some who are 74 and whose only affiliation with spam is in knowing it to be processed canned meat
... is an idiot!
Email is always an extra service that ISPs add, usually to keep the customer with them (even though you can usually keep your address if you leave). But people don't realise the ISPs don't have an obligation to provide the service. ISPs have an annoying habit of changing the company they buy the service from and cocking it up. BT in particular.
Why not use a gmail, yahoo or even outlook.com / hotmail.com address? At least with something like gmail, even though it's free, google have some sort of reputation to uphold. The most visible thing after search is their email facility. They tend to want to keep it going.
Or better still, register a domain for yourself.
Obviously, your email address is long lived unless you kill it. So you don't want it tied to an isp you might change, or who might disappear. You need to get your own domain and hook up your email to wherever is convenient. It is possible to send and receive via gmail servers using an email address in a domain you own, and no-one need know your gmail address. You can change your email arrangements or your isp without affecting your public email address. And you can give web sites individual throwaway email addresses, which helps with spam handling.
my lineone account is accessible via imap but not via webmail and after being passed around various talktalk departments they've escalated the call to networks which apparently will take up to 3 days to resolve. no one I spoke with at talktalk were aware of the issue but they have now put a standard message on their community page.
As an update to all comments above, especially about payment or otherwise, TalkTalk have sent me an email saying they are upgrading their system, with the attached sting in the tail:-
"If you’re not a TalkTalk customer, you can join us and continue to enjoy TalkTalk Mail for free. Call us on 0800 990 3635 to learn more about our great Fixed Low Price Plans and offers. All our plans include TalkTalk Mail at no extra cost.
If you want to just keep your email address, we’re happy to keep providing it to you, but you’ll need to sign up to TalkTalk Mail Plus for £5 a month or £50 a year.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to sign up for TalkTalk Mail Plus, from 26/09/2019 you’ll lose the vast majority of TalkTalk Mail features. For example, you’ll only be able to sign in at www.talktalk.co.uk/mail to check your emails."
So, if I understand this correctly I must now pay for a service that has run for many years, accepting all my professional group(s) emails, or redirect them to new email account (before they delete the accounts).
A few months after 26/09/2019, we will start closing down mailboxes that aren’t registered to a TalkTalk Broadband account or signed up for TalkTalk Mail Plus.
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