BT, the UK telecom giant, is pulled its 6 million users off Yahoo Mail after 10 years. According to BT the change will happen next month (June). We don’t know at this time if flickr will be interrupted. To make matters worse BT have closed the comments section before it’s even opened.
The company announced the move on Thursday. The company didn’t give a reason for the move, but The Telegraph reports that BT users have been complaining in recent months about hacking attacks and spam. In March, BT began investigating the complaints, according to the publicationTh e Next Web also reported that Yahoo Mail had a wave of hack attacks earlier this year. In addition to losing Yahoo Mail, the BT will close its Yahoo portal site
Our website and email services are changing
We’re always looking for ways to improve and develop the range of products and services we offer you, so we’re making some changes to our online services to make them more interesting and easier to use.
BT.com is getting a big makeover to make it more informative, engaging and useful for you to visit every day. We’re also launching a new email service – BT Mail – and an easier way for you to log in to our online services – the BT ID. As part of these changes, were also closing the current BT Yahoo! website and email service, BT Yahoo! Mail.
BT.com is getting a makeover
The new BT.com website will launch in June 2013, with up-to-the-minute news, entertainment, technology and lifestyle stories, picture galleries, videos and much more – as well as access to your email account, your online bill, service updates, all of our products and services and online help.
We’ve designed the new BT.com to work seamlessly on computers, smartphones and tablets – it will automatically ‘resize’ to fit the device you’re viewing it on, whether that’s a computer, a tablet or a phone – so you can access all your BT services and the latest news and features wherever you are.
BT Sport, which launches this summer, will also add a range of exciting live and exclusive sports action to BT.com.
New BT Mail is launching
Alongside the new BT.com, we’re launching a new email service called BT Mail. The new service will be simple and easy to use, and we plan to launch it for new BT Broadband customers in the summer of 2013. You’ll be able to access BT Mail through the BT.com website, via a home computer or through a smartphone or tablet. You’ll also be able to access it through an email client such as Outlook.
BT ID – a new way to access BT online services
As BT.com services and BT Mail are coming together, we’re creating a new, easier way for you to access your online services. Unlike today, you won’t need two different log ins to access your online bill and your email service. Instead we’re introducing the BT ID – a new, easy way for you to access all your BT online services.
BT Yahoo! services will be closed
As part of this change we’ll be closing our existing portal and email services, provided with Yahoo! The BT Yahoo! website will be closed in summer 2013, and replaced by the new BT.com. After this, BT Yahoo! Mail users will be able to access their email from the new BT.com. We plan to migrate users of BT Yahoo! Mail over to the new BT Mail service by the end of 2013.
Keeping you informed
If you’re affected by these changes, we’ll be letting you know directly over the coming weeks and months. You can also read more about the changes at www.bt.com/newemail.
We have reached out to Yahoo UK and they have given Land of Droid this reply:
Yahoo! Spokesperson said:
“BT is relaunching BT.com and a new email service, BT Mail, which is more closely integrated into BT.com and uses a single identity – the BT ID – for customers to access their email and other BT services online. BT will be contacting all of its BT Yahoo! customers in the coming months to tell them what to expect before their email is switched to the new service. Customers can read more about the changes at bt.com/btlife.”
Yahoo Mail claimed 281 million global users as of last year, and though 6 million is only about 2% of that figure, the move comes at a tricky time for Yahoo in which CEO Marissa Mayer (pictured above) is attempting to redefine the company as a relevant player. The news also comes as Yahoo Mail’s biggest rival — Google’s Gmail — introduced an upgrade this week.