How can I smoothly transition to a Gmail address?

Janice Howard August 6, 2012
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I would like to change my internet service from Verizon to Time Warner, but I’m afraid it will be a big headache. I have 6 years of history with a Verizon email name ( I just ordered 100 business cards with my Verizon address on them.

How can I change all the sites I have visited but don’t have a record of in my address book – ex. sites I have given my email address to? And what about all the people I have given my address to over the years who aren’t in my address book – I can’t remember them all!

I know there’s a way to transfer my outlook email to a new address but will it be complicated? These types of things never go smoothly for me!

Can I create a new email address and keep it while keeping the Verizon service going – this would give me more time to get everything switched over to the new address, then down the road I can get Time Warner internet service? I’ve created a “gmail” address. Does anyone know anything about this? Can I have 2 different addresses related to my one Outlook?
I know that I will have a few months of forwarding from my current service, but I don’t think it will be enough. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Ilya Drugov
    August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Verizon WILL delete your email account (including email messages and contacts) to punish you for canceling their service. You will not be able to receive or forward any emails. They also wont be able to restore it, once its canceled. This is how you should go about it:
    1. Log in to your Verizon webmail and export your contacts to a CSV file:
    2. Forward all of your Verizon mail to Gmail:
    3. Log in to your Gmail and import your contacts in the contacts manager.
    4. Send out a mass email to all contacts, notifying about email address change.
    5. Download Gmail migration tool for Outlook:
    and upload all of your Outlook emails to Gmail (this may take some time)
    6. Call Verizon High Speed Internet support and request to keep your email address active after the cancellation. Ask for an email confirmation.
    7. Cancel Verizon HSI by phone, and make sure once again that they will keep your email account active.
    8. Never use Outlook again - Gmail webmail is way more user friendly ;D
    Done! You now have your new email address and old email will be forwarded to your inbox.

  2. Frank Atkinson
    August 7, 2012 at 1:52 am

    You can set outlook up to pull from multiple mail sources (accounts) and put them in seperate folders (with rules).. One question will be how long will your Verizon address be active ?

  3. Lee
    August 7, 2012 at 1:15 am

    You can change Outlook to use Gmail instead of your Verizon email address, you just need to setup a new account within Outlook. Look around in Outlook for an Account Settings option. You should be able to just type in your Gmail address and have Outlook automatically detect the settings. If it doesn't, go to the following link to get it setup:

  4. EL
    August 6, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Another note: once you set up your verizon address to forward to your gmail address, you should set it up Outlook to only get the gmail one. Otherwise, you'll get doubles of your emails.

  5. EL
    August 6, 2012 at 2:37 am

    You can also create a 'Rule' within Gmail, that will mark all messages that were originally sent to your verizon address. That way, you will know who you have to notify.
    Gmail rules:

    You can then send an email to anyone who emails you at your old address, telling them that you are changing over to a new address (include it in the email), and that although you will still be checking the old one for a little while, they should start emailing you at the new one.
    If you want, you can use Gmail's 'Canned Responses' to store a basic email text, so you won't have to retype it each time.

    Also, any website that emails you to your old address (and again, you'll have them labeled so they'll be easy to find), if you still want to get their emails, you'll know to go to that website to change your address. (If you don't want to get their emails anymore, don't bother giving them your new address.)

    Hope that makes it clear! Good Luck!

  6. musicphann
    August 6, 2012 at 1:44 am

    The best solution would be to manage your Verizon email address via Gmail. Assuming that Verizon email supports POP, do the following:

    1) Be sure POP is enabled for Verizon email
    2) Go into your new GMail account you've created and navigate to the settings page. Select Accounts and Import -> Send mail as. Add the information for your Verizon account. This should allow you to send and receive mail from GMail as if you were sending and receiving it directly from your Verizon account. You'll still receive all your Verizon email but it will be managed entirely through GMail.

    If you'd like to manage both accounts separately in Outlook, you can do that as well. Set up GMail as another IMAP account in Outlook. It should be that simple. Then you can have email for both accounts filter into your one inbox.

    Your third option is to just set your Verizon email address to forward everything to your new GMail address.

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