As suggested by the moderation team, I am creating my own post regarding this issue, so they can contact me with a solution. I have not had access to my account for over 24 hours now.
I get the following message when I try to log into my account:
Your mailbox is not available at the moment.
Please retry again in one hour and make sure you are using the correct password to access your email from all of your devices.
If the problem continues, please call our team for help on 150 from a Virgin Media phone or mobile, or 0345 454 1111 from any other phone and select option 2. For details about how much it costs to call our team from a Virgin Media home phone, visit virginmedia.com/callcosts. Call costs from other networks and mobiles vary.
Thanks, it is working now (although I often get a 'Page timeout' message, which goes away once I've refreshed the webpage). I have also changed my password.
Am I right in thinking that this email account could be deleted at any time? I have not had an account with Virgin for many years and I understand the virgin.net domain was passed on to TalkTalk some years ago, so the history is complicated. I have started migrating my contacts and updating log in details with a different email address.
In terms of the ADSL Talktalk migration, although the broadband services were migrated to TalkTalk the email addresses remained with Virgin Media and TalkTalk did not take over these.
Our email service is a value added service and customers must have an active Broadband account with us in order to receive the email service. If the services are disconnected the email address will be disconnected within 90 days. In the case of the TalkTalk migration the email address did remain active for up to 12 months.
Sometimes an email address may remain active after the above time frames, which is known as an orphaned email account. In some instances we are able to transfer the orphaned email account to an active Broadband account however certain criteria need to be met before we can do this. These are;
The email address in question must be active
The disconnected account and active broadband account must have the same account holder