Friday, March 22, 2002 - Yahoo to Charge for Mail Forwards
To Raise Revenue During Ad Slump
"The Sunnyvale, Calif., company said it would stop providing free access to users who check their Yahoo e-mail from outside services such as Eudora and Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook. Starting April 24, users will have to pay $29.99 a year for the mail-forwarding service, though users that sign up for it prior to that date can pay a discounted price of $19.99... The announcement, which was sent out in an e-mail to Yahoo users, marks the first time the company has transformed a free communications feature to a paid service. Yahoo has added several other enhanced services that it charges users for, such as extra mailbox storage space or real-time stock quotes. It has also converted some once-free services that aren't primarily associated with communications, such as auction listing fees."

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