Jersey Post has announced today that with effect from 18 August 2014, its free JerseyMail service will be discontinued. From this date, a free email forwarding service will be available for all customers for the period of one year in order to assist with the closure of the service.
Launched in 1996, JerseyMail is currently used by up to 10,000 individuals and businesses across the island. A review of the service was carried out earlier this year and with so many other free, enhanced email services available, it would be impossible for JerseyMail to keep pace with growth and technical developments in this area and, therefore, the decision has been made to discontinue the service.
Paul Marett, Director of ICT at Jersey Post said, “When large global players such as Gmail, iCloud Mail and Yahoo, can provide such comprehensive services for no charge to the user, it is no longer viable to operate small, public email systems. We have considered, and investigated, finding another provider to take on the service but without success. We feel that the best option for our users is to help them migrate to an alternative supplier and then provide a free email redirection service for the next twelve months which should give them plenty of time to inform contacts of their new email address.”
All JerseyMail users are being notified by email of the changes and of the actions they need to take in order to take advantage of the free email redirection service.