Indiatimes Email Service To Shut Down By February 2013
Indiatimes.com, the flagship horizontal portal from Times Internet, which recently went through a series of revamp stages has finally been confirmed to discontinue its email service and reportedly the company has announced that they will permanently shut down the email sevice with effect from February 18, 2013 at 12 pm IST.
What this means is basically as of now, you cannot sign up for an Indiatimes account and the service can only be accessed by existing users.
[quote]The message on the site reads: ‘You will no longer be able to send or receive mails or access your account for the purpose of reading mail and/or transfer any data (i.e. emails, tasks, documents, folders, appointments, and/or contacts) currently saved in your account post 18th February, 2013 – 12 P.M (Indian Standard Time).”[/quote]
Existing users are being warned to backup any data before 18th February 2013 at 12PM, the proposed shutdown time of the service.
However, in the absence of POP3/ IMAP support, it is not clear how the users are expected to back up their emails. It would have been nice of Indiatimes to either offer one-click backup of emails to all users or enable POP3/ IMAP for all accounts until shutdown, and provide detailed instructions to users on how to backup their emails.
This will bring the curtains down on one of the two prominent local email services (the other being rediffmail) which tried to stay relevant even as Gmail shook the global e-mail business.