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Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 11:35 PM

Locked out of email server.; unable to change password.

In early May I lost access to my Bellsouth.net email accounts on both a desktop client and iPhone. Nothing went out and any inbound emails were bounced back with an ‘address unknown’ flag. No changes had been made to either device so I suspected the issue to be a mail server one.


On-line AT&T resources revealed nothing and were full of simple tips for set-up and similar. There seemed no direct communication channel available except the chat-bot that churned out basic answers that were no help. Their web site seemed keener to advertise new services that in-depth help.


I was reluctant to dive into my client settings and make random changes for fear of losing track. So, I eventually managed to talk to a support person. He said I needed to reset my passwords and went through the set-up steps on iPhone. This all was due to their Yahoo mail servers being compromised or changed and it was not an AT&T issue but all tied in to Yahoo, blah, blah.


So, I open the iPhone mail app, click on ‘reset password’ and after passing the anti-robot screening, I’m taken to a page that says a six-digit code has been sent to my email address. This will presumably allow me to change the password.


But, but….., I still don’t have access to my email so I have no way of reading this code!    Catch 22.


I also tried this on their Yahoo hosted web mail portal but hit the same wall.  


  • Is there any kind of work around using a text code to the registered phone?
  • Can a support human do this with my authorization?
  • Do I have to abandon my three accounts that I have used for 20+ years and have many overseas users?


My AT&T account page does have a box for a recovery phone number but its empty; – our wireless phone came after the email was set up. Well, add another phone number… I tried but it only recognizes AT&T wireless numbers and mine is not. So, I’m stumped.



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