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mandrill

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I was with Rogers (and predecessor companies) for my home internet for 20 years, but recently switched to Fido because their services are mall outlet based and simply more convenient to access. But I have my long-time business email address hosted by Rogers. So currently I am paying for both monthly service from Rogers and Fido. (Since COVID, I work from home 90% of the time because I hate the commute).

Clearly this has to stop. And Rogers tells me that I can simply have my email address hosted by them for about $5.00 per month. Before I could get around to making that change, my email started to malfunction and for about 5 days all outgoing mail to Outlook addresses simply didn't happen. This is a recurring problem and there are / have been other issues with outgoing mail service.

This makes me wonder if a professional email / business host would be better. I'm not interested in a website. I'm an older guy with no shortage of clients and don't want the hassle of a website.

And suggestions??? :unsure:
 

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Go directly to Microsoft or Gmail. They run 99% of corporate accounts globally and I’ve never had issues. Costs about $7 a month for email/biz account.
 
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If you go with gmail or microsoft, you will likely be mandrill327546@gmail.com; not very professional looking. Get your own domain name, about 50$ per year, and host at postmarkapp.com for 10$ per month. For that, you can have multiple email addresses (boss, secretary, partner ...) and have delivery receipts, which are important if you are sending adversarial emails.
 

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If you go with gmail or microsoft, you will likely be mandrill327546@gmail.com; not very professional looking. Get your own domain name, about 50$ per year, and host at postmarkapp.com for 10$ per month. For that, you can have multiple email addresses (boss, secretary, partner ...) and have delivery receipts, which are important if you are sending adversarial emails.
Can I transfer my current email account to these guys, as I transition?
 

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Can I transfer my current email account to these guys, as I transition?
I don't know. Presumably this would be between you and your current email provider to have them forward emails to your new email address, or your having to keep the old account for several months/years. I can check with Postmark on Tuesday. Sending an announcement email to everyone in your address book would help.
 
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I was with Rogers (and predecessor companies) for my home internet for 20 years, but recently switched to Fido because their services are mall outlet based and simply more convenient to access. But I have my long-time business email address hosted by Rogers. So currently I am paying for both monthly service from Rogers and Fido. (Since COVID, I work from home 90% of the time because I hate the commute).

Clearly this has to stop. And Rogers tells me that I can simply have my email address hosted by them for about $5.00 per month. Before I could get around to making that change, my email started to malfunction and for about 5 days all outgoing mail to Outlook addresses simply didn't happen. This is a recurring problem and there are / have been other issues with outgoing mail service.

This makes me wonder if a professional email / business host would be better. I'm not interested in a website. I'm an older guy with no shortage of clients and don't want the hassle of a website.

And suggestions??? :unsure:
Microsoft 365 accounts are really easy to use and they handle the domain registration. You would use it as a normal outlook account, just now you have a custom domain.


Google has a similar method, if you prefer gmail.
 
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Microsoft 365 accounts are really easy to use and they handle the domain registration. You would use it as a normal outlook account, just now you have a custom domain.


Google has a similar method, if you prefer gmail.
+1 -- 365's what I use for my work emails.
It's a little cheaper than Google Workspaces, but it works just as well (pretty much, Google's user experience is slightly nicer, but not $25/month nicer).

For personal, I'm a little more rigged up.

I have 365 Family (super cheap):
Then I use Cloudflare email routing to receive my emails to my @outlook account.
I then have send-as setup to send my emails through Amazon SES (SMTP) for outbound emails.
 

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Can I transfer my current email account to these guys, as I transition?
This has been discussed in the past. The answer is no unless this has changed since. My friend "clones" all his emails in case he leaves his current provider. Maybe you can "clone" your emails before leaving Rogers?
 

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To future-proof yourself, specially if it's a business account, you should:
1) Register your domain - e.g. mydomain.com - you can do this with a number of providers - GoDaddy is probably the cheapest around $25/yr
2) You could set-up a premium/paid Microsoft or Google email account tied to your new domain "mydomain.com", but if you want a cheaper route - use a free GMail account (i.e. user@gmail.com)
3) Use GoDaddy to forward messages from "john@mydomain.com" to your GMail "user@gmail.com")
4) Configure your Gmail to allow sending as either user@gmail.com or john@mydomain.com

You're all set. Now in your personal / free Gmail account you can send and receive messages from john@mydomain.com.
If at any point in the future you change from Gmail to say Microsoft, you can simply move the forwarding at GoDaddy to the new provider - Microsoft/Proton/Rogers/Fido/etc.
The real benefit of the above is your email/domain are YOURs and you can move it to any provider you want to in the future. It's also low cost as all you're really paying for is the domain name.
 
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