I received an email saying that I need to pay £5 to ensure my email address us maintained. I have to join 'TT Mail Plus'. But when I try to do this it says I can't because I already have an account with TT. Yet the account is discontinued. How do I get out of this loop and pay my monthly £5?
How long ago was the TalkTalk broadband service discontinued? Less than 12 months ago? Presumably the mailbox for the email address receiving that TalkTalk mail message was added to the broadband service MyAccount at the time you ceased to be a customer?
The mail message from TalkTalk usually indicates that you'll need to either:
But when you try to subscribe to Mail Plus and the check of the email address is carried out you're being advised that the mail address is already added to a broadband MyAccount.
So, TalkTalk doesn't require you to subscribe to Mail Plus because the process believes you're a broadband customer and the mailbox is already added to a MyAccount.
And, I expect, that if you can sign in to the former broadband MyAccount you'll get an orange banner advising that you cannot create or add new email accounts.
In practice if you're in the situation of not needing to add other orphaned email accounts to a MyAccount then as the mailbox is active and you can sign in to TalkTalk Mail at least once every six months to make sure it stays active then you could choose the do nothing option.
The email system will probably do nothing in your case. But the worst that will happen is that email client access will be removed leaving just webmail access.
It's your choice. Do you wish TalkTalk to 'correct' this situation and allow you to subscribe to Mail Plus or take the do nothing option and let it ride pro tem?
Thanks for your detailed answer, some of which I understand. I'll take the 'do nothing' option for the time being, especially as it involves spending no money.
Its hard to believe that Talktalk could have made this so complicated. Yes, it is less than 12 months since my payments to Talktalk stopped (actually a mobile phone account, rather than broadband, but I don't think that makes any difference.)
As you say, I don't want to create extra email accounts, I just want to keep the one I've got.
Actually, given that the email address was originally free (from Tiscali, now ancient history) its rather like blackmail for them to start charging, because people quite naturally don't want to change their email address.
Do nothing looks like a great plan to me.
If you get more 'nag' mail messages from TalkTalk advising that the mailbox will be deleted or when it comes to the point of 12 months after ceasing to be a TalkTalk subscriber then retry the Mail Plus subscription check to see if TalkTalk will then allow you to subscribe to Mail Plus.
Let us know if you change your plan of action and need help to subscribe to Mail Plus and until then continue to enjoy free TalkTalk Mail.
Hope you're well also thanks to @Gondola for the detailed help... Your comments on our survey was flagged to me about mail plus trouble which brought me here 🙂
I'm sorry that it's been so complicated, your right it shouldn't have been and the chat you had last week should have resolved this for you so sorry for that.
In theory you should be able to subscribe to mail plus via the sales site but your old disconnected account is blocking this as "the system" things you're still with us, this is a bug we're working to correct.
We can fix this by adding Mail Plus to your disconnected account which will eventually trigger the billing for mail plus, i'll send you a private message so i can validate your identity and get this sorted. Sadly doing nothing will eventually lead to the mailbox getting restricted then deleted at some point in the future