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#1 Elliot B.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:15

I have a housemate that only uses his e-mail address a few times year. Outlook often deactivates his account due to this, so the rare e-mails he does get, bounce.

 

Any other provider suggestions?




#2 xendrome

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:18

Your Outlook.com or Hotmail account will become inactive if you don't sign in for more than 270 days or within the first 10 days after signing up for your account.

 

Can't he just make a point to sign in once every 6 months?



#3 MDboyz

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:23

I think the outlook policy is that you have to login at least one for 270 days.  So I guess your friend didn't use email a few times a year.

 

Gmail is 9 months, and Yahoo is only 4 months.



#4 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:25

Can't he just make a point to sign in once every 6 months?

 

 

I think the outlook policy is that you have to login at least one for 270 days.  So I guess your friend didn't use email a few times a year.

 

He doesn't own a computer or smartphone, so sometimes he only signs in once or twice, usually when a service (such as TVCatchup, which he uses on his PS3 via. the browser) requires him to verify an e-mail.



#5 MDboyz

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:30

^ he can just use his PS3 to login his email from web browser.  It will work and keep his account active.



#6 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:32

^ he can just use his PS3 to login his email from web browser.  It will work and keep his account active.

He doesn't know how to use websites, and I don't fancy teaching him (he's a housemate upstairs, not a friend).

 

So anyway, as per my original question guys... :p



#7 +warwagon

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:40

He doesn't know how to use websites, and I don't fancy teaching him (he's a housemate upstairs, not a friend).

 

So anyway, as per my original question guys... :p

 

I feel your pain. Tomorrow I get to go teach a woman how to use her "Gmail" ( on the Gmail website)



#8 MDboyz

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:46

He can use email from his Internet provider.  As long as he still have service with them, the email should be active :) ...



#9 Raa

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 23:56

He can use email from his Internet provider. 

 

And this would be the best answer.



#10 xendrome

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 00:02

Or one of those throw away e-mail address sites.. anyone have a good one?



#11 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 00:04

He can use email from his Internet provider.  As long as he still have service with them, the email should be active :) ...

We live in a House of Multiple Occupancy and can't even physically access the modem or wireless router, so getting an e-mail address with the ISP via. the Letting Agents is next to impossible.



#12 cleverclogs

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 00:18

Outlook is now once per year.



#13 primexx

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 20:40

I don't think Gmail actually does delete the account for inactivity.

 

mail.com is 12 months of inactivity



#14 +FiB3R

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 21:20

Does the login time limit still count if you automatically forward emails to another account?

I'm guessing it probably does.



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