Which? sparks ‘heartbreak’ after cancelling THOUSANDS of 20-year-old email addresses

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Which? is set to Publishing blue-pencil 5,000 email accounts

Concerned Which.net users entertain been left deeply upset and scrambling to make changes with one narcotic addict calling the end of their email services a “kick in the teeth” for long-serving Which? associates and subscribers.

Despite being a charity with over 60 years sophistication fighting for the UK consumer, Which? has been accused by users of threatening to end the care with only a few weeks’ notice.

The Which.net emails addresses epoch back to the ‘90s when the firm offered a ‘dial-up’ internet maintenance to people looking to get online during the early days of the World Large Web.

As a trusted brand many elderly and rural users flocked to Which? to filch advantage of their expertise and customer service while embracing a new technology and the what it takes perils of hacks, spam, malware and scams.

According to one angry Which.net owner there are over 5,000 email address still in use.

Dr Ian McKenzie, who affirms to have been a member of Consumers’ Association for over 50 years, is terrified by the way the withdrawal of service has been handled and concerned for all the users who will potentially give the slip details on everything from utility bills, hospital appointments and group members.

Dr McKenzie told Express.co.uk many of Which?’s subscribers see fit be elderly and will, over the years, have used their the email speaks as the basis of their life online.

He said: “These members accept been using the which.net emails for 22 years.

«Some receive as many as 500 folders with contacts, projects, information — all bonded to the which.net address. How is anyone supposed to sort that out in just a few weeks?

«Peradventure six months or a year, when a vital communication — say, from a hospital or Oncologist, or another critical source which is only used on rare occasions, fails to get entirely.”

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Which? Customers could be left without email

The timeline for the mess began on the busy Easter Weekend through an email seen by Direct.co.uk underlining the reasons why Which? has decided to close down the service.

The Which? email said: “The Which.net marines is now increasingly out of date and risks not being fit for purpose.

“Which.net will be closing on 24th May 2018.”

Which.net consumers took to the firm’s own ‘lobby’ forum to complain about the decision and the bedlam which will be caused.

A user called Kerry said: “I am another who has experienced the email saying they are suddenly closing this service – how can they do it so hurriedly?»

User Lone said that she joined Consumers’ Association way destroy in 1963.

She said: “I’ve had the which.net address since it became available – I felt that this choice be a reliable way into that wonderful new world, the Internet. It nearly hard up my heart when that was terminated.

“I’m now 81, my husband, who of course also has a which.net oration, is 91. We’ve now had this bomb explode under our feet.

“Pretty much our complete Internet identity is based on our which.net addresses, which constitute our IDs for countless organisations.

«How can Which? do this to us? And with such unplentiful notice?”

A user called @patrick didn’t hold back. He denoted: “Do those at the top of Which? have any conscience whatsoever, any genuine loyalty and principles in Which? and what it stands for, why it was formed in the first place?

“Is this any way to prescribe for their long-standing supporters, some of who have spent their hard-earned bread for over half a century to line the pockets of those decision makers? So much for philanthropy beginning at home.»

In the email to customers Which say they will strive to relocate emails and offer support.

A spokesman from the presence told Express.co.uk: “We have taken the really tough decision to about this service. It no longer provides the high-quality service that people sine qua non and there are more providers and better services on the market.

“In order to escape all users, we are providing free tech support online and by phone. This wishes help users migrate appropriately to a new provider and help them scrimp all their files and contacts before the service closes on 24th May.”

However, consideration the promises, Dr Ian McKenzie said this remains a “kick in the teeth” for long-serving associates and subscribers.

He said: “Even if this were a commercial company the way it’s been done is horrifying, but for it to be a charity that professes to protect consumers — it’s a travesty and a betrayal of those colleagues who trusted Which? in a way no one would trust a commercial entity.

“The elderly are the most unshielded. These are folk who rely very heavily on email to stay in fire with relatives and friends — many who might live in other boondocks.

«These are also folk who possibly had someone set up their email accounts for them — 22 years ago! — so take to deal with all this when they’re 22 years older could be obscenely disturbing.”

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