Mr Saffon has suggested paying to keep your BT email address. Michael_Clare has suggested getting your own domain, for example magpie.me.uk
The first is simplest but is not cheap. The second typically (if you buy in 2-year chunks) is under £3.50 per year. In fact from 123-reg that he suggested it is £6.98 for two years.
Of the two, I prefer that way. You get a fully personal email address.
Using my example you can put anything in front of the @magpie.me.uk
. In the 123 control panel you set it to forward all emails to your new ISP's email.
There is a one-off job of telling all your contacts a new address, plus all your online shop accounts/mailing lists and so on. But you never have to do it again when changing ISP. All you do next time you move ISP is change the one setting in the 123 control panel.
There is a possible snag - I shall ask Michael how he thinks it could be handled unless you are using what we call an email client - such as Windows Mail. How do you send and receive emails at the moment Maggie?
The third way, which I an many prefer, is to buy your own domain as above, plus email and/or website hosting. If you have a read of this page
on my website, you get a lot more detail. Plus a link to the company I use. Very reliable, and excellent Customer Service. You may not wish to have a website yet, but the cost of domain + web hosting plus email hosting is £6.70 per two years for the domain and £14.99 per year for the web+email hosting. That's equivalent to £1.53pm, still less than the BT one. And you can st up a website on that domain in effect for free, using the bulder they provide, or WordPress or whatever.
Using that method you basically can move ISP at will with rarely anything to change. In the rare case, again it is at worst two settings on your computer. Though of course, you still have the initial hassle of changing everything from your BT email address.
My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk
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