Many of us when we first starting using email and internet signed up to eircom.net as an email provider. For many it was the only one available at the time. As it still works relatively well, if a little dated, many of us use it to this day, as do many parishes and parish organisations.
However, in the mercenary world in which we live it appears Eir no longer wish to make this free email service available to the public and are planning to introduce rather punitive charges in what looks like an effort to force people to move away from it.
So, many priests and parishes who still use eircom.net as an email address will need to move to another provider or face high charges for an email service that is available free elsewhere.
We are advised to switch telecom and energy providers on a regular basis to avail of the best offers for ourselves and parishes, so maybe the hiking of these charges by Eir will have the good, but unintended, consequence of getting many priests to review their current providers. Loyalty by customers to large companies tends to be punished rather than rewarded in the commercial world.
According to their own information Eir will be introducing a charge of €5.99 per month to avail of the email service eircom.net
When you log onto your eircom.net email account from 31 March 2020 you will be redirected to a payment page where you can sign up for the new service.
If you decide not to avail of the eircom.net email service from 31 March 2020 you will need to download all the data you have saved within your eircom.net email account to your personal storage before the 31 March 2020, as the old service will no longer be available.
Eir is allowing 60 days to sign up to the new service after 31 March 2020 before your email address, account and its contents are permanently removed, this step is not reversible once complete.