For a few of us in the industry, this slipped by us.
- After May 15, 2009, you will no longer be able to use your @alltel.net e-mail address.
- Windstream has created a new @windstream.net address that is ready for use today.
- Messages sent to your current @alltel.net address will also be copied to the new @windstream.net address until May
What's going on?
The Alltel.net domains and email addresses have changed to the Windstream.com domain.
Alltel, based in Little Rock, Ark., will morph from a full-service phone/Internet company into one that concentrates on wireless assets. It has spin off its old-fashioned wireline business (DSL), merged it with regional telco Valor Communications Group, and created Windstream. This is similar to how Sprint Nextel spun off its regional wireline business, now Embarq.
How does this effect you?
Well you need to send a re-confirmation email or postal mailer out to any customers you have on these domains to get them to update their new email address in your systems. Here are some examples.
|Current Site||New Site|
|news.alltel.net||news.windstream.net (effective 3/11)|
|ftp.alltel.net||ftp.windstream.net (effective 3/18)|
To help you through this transition, Windstream has created a new @windstream.net address that is ready for use today. Your new address will be the same as your existing address, except that we've simply replaced @alltel.net with @windstream.net. For example, email@example.com now has a new address of firstname.lastname@example.org. As a further benefit, messages sent to your current @alltel.net address will also be copied to your new @windstream.net address until May 15.
This does NOT mean that you go into your database and just change people's domains on their email address. It is rumored that NOT all address/aliases will change.
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This is also a good time to send a re-confirmation on why that person signed up for your email's, what their current preferences are, what you have to offer them as they stay on (by updating their email address), and maybe even offer them other newsletters of emails they are currently not on.
Don't Just Send, Deliver!