I recently received the following message in my general mailbox:
As a way to help you transition away from your email@example.com email address, BlackBerry® has provided the ability to forward your email messages received from this email address to an alternate email address for the period of one year.
The forwarding service that you set up on 2/6/13 will expire in the following number of days: 30.
After that date, email messages sent to your firstname.lastname@example.org will no longer be forwarded to your alternate email address.
Please ensure that your contacts have been informed that you will no longer be able to receive email messages to your email@example.com email address after the forwarding service has expired. All messages sent to that address will return to the sender as undeliverable.
Now, how do I retire an email address? Let's see...
Let's start at the beginning. I was issued a BlackBerry device by my employer about 6 years ago, and I proceeded to get it setup for myself. At some point I created a BlackBerry email address to forward important messages to my device even if other services were down(ie, mail server is down, therefore I probably should not email myself at that address). Over the years, with different accounts and devices I was able to maintain this account. I didn't share it much, as it worked best as an account for important messages, but I did use it for Facebook due to the integration with the app provided on the device.
A year ago I bought a BlackBerry 10 device, the Z10, and it didn't support any integration with that email address. I was required to forward to another mailbox, which I did. And now they are shutting it down.
I now need to go find all those services that I have associated with this address, and change their settings. This is a minor inconvenience for me, but I know that when I was doing outsourced IT, I setup many users to have their own BlackBerry email address. These people are not technical, and I hope that they are able to keep these email addresses as long as they have a device, because it will be a real pain for them to change it.
Now, off to search my perpetual inbox for things I have to update...
- BlackBerry ID
That wasn't too bad, I hope I didn't miss anything.