A nameless cretin writes: "Yahoo and
are both noted for providing free services.
They both seem to be planning to add fees for selected services.
Yahoo's "Yahoo! by Phone" service,
also known as "1-800-MY-YAHOO",
provides various information services via voice phone, including the
ability to retrieve e-mail. According to
they are planning to charge a monthly subscription fee beginning
May 7, 2001.
Bigfoot provides a variety of e-mail services, such as relaying and
filtering. They do not provide mail boxes. Although some of their
still indicate their services are free, some member pages
(requiring member login) indicate a $19.99 annual subscription fee will
be required for many of their services.
Although I am disappointed in these changes, I would like to thank them
for the service they have provided us. I hope they are able strengthen
themselves financially and continue to exist. I also hope they explore
new means of providing free service."
Any other free-beer services you've noticed being shut down or leaning suspiciously of late? It's been rather nice to have so many free email accounts in the meantime, eh?