I think I shared with you a few posts ago a friend's horror story: computer crashed, and she lost all her emails (contacts, etc.). It was a sad day in Mudville. I've always liked the idea of webmail, but assuming you're on a local client (like Outlook, for example), the prospect of moving everything, and notifying everybody, can be daunting.
And we've all had one of those email accounts that turned into a spam collection device: you made the mistake of buying a product online, and after your email address was sold a few hundred times, you found yourself clearing spam out of your inbox for up to an hour a day in a worst case situation.
Or maybe you've built a new website, and you'd like to use your new domain for email, to further promote your site.
This is where TrueSwitch (www.trueswitch.com) comes in. Basically, for $19.95 (or free if you're migrating to one of their partner services) they'll do it all for you: copy your personal data (all your past emails and folders); notify all your contacts of your new email address; forward any emails that come in to the old address.
The copy feature includes copying not just your contacts and emails, but your calendar and favorites as well.
The notify feature will send a polite notification that you've switched email services, or you can customize this message if you choose.
Finally, the forward feature (one that is very important to anyone doing business via email) will watch for 30 days and forward any mail that arrives. Now, one caveat here: it applies to Internet email only, and you must maintain your account for the full 30 days.
And while the normal fee is, as mentioned, a modest $19.95, it's free if you're switching to/from one of TrueSwitch's partners, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Comcast, and a handful of others. (Check the website for a complete list.)
So, basically, what's your time worth? If you reckon it's more than about $20 or so for the hour (or more) it will take you to copy your contacts, write an email and send it to your contact list. (While studies have shown that most users have between 30 - 50 contacts, I have literally hundreds! So for me, the service would be invaluable!) So if you're not happy with your current email service, or you simply want to move to a web-based email service (with all the backup benefits), but you're been reluctant to take on the task, here's an easy out: let someone else do it for you! There's a solution I can feel good about.