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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by drifter136, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. drifter136

    drifter136 Active Member
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    I'm considering taking the plunge and going all-in with Google. My primary email has always been my hotmail addy, which I've had since....whenever hotmail started. Literally. I've always had my POP addy from my ISP, but it's been more of a secondary address. The changes over the last while to Windows Live services and so forth have made email slow and clunky, and my ISP has got rid of their email servers entirely and Windows Live supplies all their email services. So, a switch to Gmail is under heavy consideration, particularly since I spend more time with my phone now than on my computer.

    I've got a Google account (obviously) and use many of their services, and have a Gmail account, which I never use. Google's calendar services, among others are terrific, integration with Android is seamless, while using hotmail through Android is a bit of a headache.

    How do people find Gmail? Is it worth a pretty major change (all my shopping sites, forums, etc will need to be changed to the new email) for what I'm hoping will be easier email usage on the go?

    Talk me into/out of the switch people, I need your advice. :)
     

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  2. IOWA

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    I switched from hotmail to aol to gmail and i love gmail.

    And for the time being, you can actually forward your hotmail to your gmail until people get acclimated to your new address.
     
  3. X10iUser

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    Not sure why your asking tbh as you seem to already know which is the better of the two already. I stopped using my hotmail address shortly after getting my phone as it obviously comes with a gmail app and won't ever be looking back.
     
  4. Bob Maxey

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    That is what I am doing. New phone, new email addresses.

    I have a hotmail account, two Live.com accounts, one MSN account, and a corporate account also on Live.com. I decided to go with Gmail, start over with new addresses, and set up three accounts: personal, general business, and clients. Perhaps an account for friends. Too much crap in several older accounts so I'll simply cancel those.

    I will likely keep one old account and forward some mail to a general gmail account.

    Bob Maxey
     
  5. drifter136

    drifter136 Active Member
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    More just trying to avoid "defector's remorse", as I imagine it's going to be a lot of work switching over.
     
  6. mcatdtDROID

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    just pick a gmail with your firstandlastname@gmail.com and go ahead and register lastandfirstname@gmail.com

    My work is a google mail (I suppose that's a little different than gmail) and I got all 3 accounts working flawlessly.

    I have myname@yahoo.com myname@hotmail.com myname@aol.com myname@compuserve.com and I have the lastname/first at all of those too. I figure, it never hurts to have all of them, and then whatever the future may bring (who knows, maybe yahoo will come out with the next great smartphone) and I'm already set. you don't have to get rid of your hotmail, you know
     

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