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Further to my inbox problem; it seems it’s a glitch where you have a Gmail based service collecting mails from an AOL account. I’ve changed my settings and that seems to have worked.

I left AOL Broadband last year, as its UK customer book is now owned by the detestable Talk Talk, and it treats all its customers like Daily Star readers. (Note to blog visitors. If you want to get QJ’s dander up, drop the phrase ‘celebrity gossip’ into the conversation.) Once I’d switched providers, I thought that would be that, but my AOL email address simply became a free address accessible through AOL.co.uk, and because it was accessible several of my chums ignored what I’d said about having a new mailbox and continued to use it. In the wake of  this morning’s shambles, I was moved so go on to the AOL UK website, sign in to that address and delete it. Simples? No, the opposite. There is no detectable mechanism that will let you do that. Once thee bastards have their hooks in you, you are a potential profit centre and they will not let you go.

Time for a complaint to Ofcom, methinks.

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  1. Alison
    August 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    AOL basically takes over your machine and never lets go. I used them as my provider and even when I’d ditched that computer and then spent a year without the internet using another machine entirely, the second I went back to the internet (a different provider), they still knew I was there. They’re a scary, scary bunch.

    • August 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Gmail is playing silly buggers as well at the moment. They told me I needed to open a personal account as well as my admin account. When I looked into this I found that it was to facilitate purchases through the Google set-up. I also found a line in V small print that said ‘if you feel you don’t need a personal account, click here’. Naturally I did. I’m not hyper-techie, but I’m smart enough. They must be recruiting a lot of buyers with that little trick.

  2. August 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Just read your blog about your emails etc. Don’t get me going on your old provider, I had real problems with sales phonecalls from them some years ago, eventually, I got BT to barr the number and also wrote to the Telephone Preference Service (who I am registered with) and they investigated my complaint, they also admitted that many many other people had the same issue and I was by no means alone.

    However, I also wanted to say that I love the Skinner books and you always bring one out in June each year, around the time of my birthday, so thanks for that! It’s an annual event for me.

  3. Joy Chatters
    August 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Sorry just read this blog after posting on the last one. I do find that mail.com is good, having been with them for years, although I think it was taken over by AOL some time ago. I haven’t had any problems though.

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