We use domain names every day to access web sites, to access our ISP’s email servers, and basically to do almost anything on the Internet.
As we become more and more dependent upon email for our business and personal lives, simply changing an email address becomes a trauma. Obviously, if you are leaving an ISP, they are not going to forward your email to you even for a short period, unless you keep your account active.
One of the solutions many people have chosen is to use a free email account, or even an enhanced-services paid account, from some of the large search engine sites like Google, Yahoo! and Hotmail. Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts are readily available.
Google’s Gmail.com continues to stay in preview/beta status, but is quite popular. I think Gmail’s beta is a grand marketing scheme — today’s term is "viral marketing" — word-of-mouth advertising and personal user testimonials tend to result in new users who actually use the system. The only way to get a Gmail account is via an invitation — if you want an invitation, you can request one from me via email. I have 50 I can give away.