Trueswitch: Transfer Email Account to Hotmail

Just last week we wrote about a service Yahoo! provides that lets you bring your existing emails, contacts, and calendar from your existing email account. The only problem, as my brother pointed out when using it, is that you could get locked out of your Gmail account temporarily because of the heavy access:

My only complaint is in the process of using this feature it logs into your Gmail account who knows how many times which caused it to lock my account with Gmail due to suspicious activities. I was locked out for over 26 hours in 2 days with no access to new emails what so ever. So while this is a great feature I do stress caution in using it.

Now you can also switch to Hotmail using the same service that Yahoo! incorporates. With it you can switch to Hotmail from any of these providers: AOL, Gmail, Comcast, Yahoo!, Cox, Earthlink, MSN, Netscape, Netzero, Juno, CS, Optonline, and Worldnet. It takes just a minute to initiate the transfer process, but it can take up to 24-hours to complete. Here’s the three steps that you go through:

  1. Enter the email address and password of both accounts.
    Switch to Hotmail Account - Step 1
  2. Choose what you want to transfer.
    Switch to Hotmail Account - Step 2
  3. Sit on your hands and stare at the ceiling for 24-hours.
    Switch to Hotmail Account - Step 3

As you can see the process to switch from one email provider to another is no longer the pain that it once was. Heck, this is easier than switching between desktop apps that manage your emails (at one point I had a heck of a time trying to go from Thunderbird to Outlook, and visa versa).

I have a feeling that Google might also start using Trueswitch because visiting this URL gives a "Forbidden" warning instead of the standard "Not Found" message. That essentially means that the directory has been created, and it probably even contains files. Of course, I could be looking too far into that.