I have an old virgin.net email address which I have not had access to since Monday. It's an unfortunate time to shut this down since I have had it 25 years and have now lost all my contacts. Can I get it back even temporarily?
the warning was in the T&C of the dial-up account. It should have been deleted long ago when you stopped dialing in
2000 T&C Virgin Net may terminate this agreement and the Service or may suspend a part of the Service by immediate notice, if: (a) you are in breach of any of the terms of this agreement; or (b) you have failed to use the Service in any 60 day period. However, in the event that Virgin Net terminates this agreement in accordance with this sub-clause it will reserve your electronic mail address or equivalent for a period of six months from the date of termination to enable you to re-register in that period should you so request, although all e-mail and webspace content will be deleted.
It is possible some of the recent issues raised on the forum maybe the cause and if / when these are resolved access might be possible again. Should you manage to regain access do migrate your emails over to another email service ASAP after making sure their privacy statement, and terms and conditions are acceptable.