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Cancelling DSL and Want to Keep sbcglobal.net E-Mail Address
We are going to be cancelling our AT&T DSL due to the slow speed and inability to get any faster speed at our home (when we are lucky we get download speeds that sometime peak at 670kb or so per sec with DSL whereas with Comcast which we just installed, we are averaging 6.8 MB/sec, an absolutely breathtaking change). I have had my current sbcglobal.net e-mail address for over 10 years and want to keep it. I have read many posts that say, "yes, if I am in good standing after cancelling my DSL I get to keep my e-mail address" but I am wondering if, upon cancellation of my DSL, I can then upgrade my what will then be free e-mail to be an Ad-Free paid account through Yahoo.
My sbcglobal.net e-mail account was never merged with a yahoo.com e-mail ID so there is no account to "unmerge" with. Can an sbcglobal.net e-mail address no longer linked to a DSL account become an ad free paid account or will I be stuck with the unsupported free mail?
Also, if I only have my sbcglobal.net e-mail as a free account, will I still be able to use POP3 to get my mail through Thunderbird and my Droid phone or will I just be able to use the Web-based interface for the mail (which due to the loss of the Yahoo Classic interface is now terrible)?
Thank you in advance.