(Mozilla are its creators but the product is free to use because it is open-source, everybody in the Thunderbird community contributes to its development).
It should set itself up automatically for VM mail and defaults to IMAP settings. You will have to enter your account details. IMAP is simply the name of one of the two mail protocols (the other is POP) that e-mail clients use to manage mail. The advantage of IMAP is that you see all the folders already on the VM servers not just the inbox.
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Reading through this thread, there are 3 items of information you should provide in anticipation of the Forum Team’s intervention.
1. When you try to login to webmail, what is the precise error message you get? Is it “no such address” or words to that effect, or what? So far, you have said -
“I was told, (By a Real Person) that I have 90 days to access my email after leaving to transfer my contacts. Unfortunately this is not happening and even trying to get help has been stopped.”
“What I didn't expect was my email is now completely shut down”
“VM will not let me back in”
- but you have not detailed ANY VM error message from the login process. Please do so.
There is always the possibility that access has just been denied for security reasons – address sending Spam etc. Hence need to see full error message.
Did someone tell you it had been “shut down”?
Note that front-line telephone staff will only provide support to current customers. Applying this to the 90-day grace period following contract termination is a somewhat harsh interpretation of the guidance they are given I think.
What duration was your contract – 12 months fixed term or what?
How and whendid you give notice to quit – on the phone?
In a post last year you said - “I signed up in Nov / Dec for the 100mbs and tv package”. So was it November or December2017 – and what was the expiry date – 30 Nov or 31 Dec 2018?
3. If you have another email address – say Gmail – have you tried to send a Test email to your VM address. If it has been completely removed from the VM systems you will probably get a Non-Delivery message back. If you don’t get an “ND”, there is a possibility that it is still live on some back-end servers and temporarily available through an email client (as suggested by Miss Pasko and Howard above).Try that if you wish.
Otherwise, provide the information I have requested and wait for the FT to pick this up.
If your disconnection date was in December 2018 then your email account should still be active. I shall need to check some information with you and then I'll investigate this - I've sent a PM (purple envelope top right) and shall await your reply
As per my PM the email address has been (mistakenly) closed too early and access has now been restored. But please keep in mind that this access is temporary and arrangements should be made to acquire a new email address (non-ISP based is best to prevent further similar issues).