If you now have a Yahoo or AOL account, I recommend that you close your account.
Seriously, not that I think Google is “Prince Charming”, but Verizon has now gone “over the edge”, imho. Of course, it’s a giant PIA to change email addresses.
That’s why I suggest that you have your own domain? The common wisdom, or is that common whizdumb, is to own your own name as a domain name. I own “reinke.cc”. (I like saying “sea sea me at reinke.cc”! email@example.com will actually work!) I gives one quite a bit of control.
And, it’s very cheap. I know three solutions at 15$/year using wordpressdotcom with gmail, 25$/year email only with 1and1, and 60$/year for domain+email+webspace also at 1and1. My point is not that you should use 1and1. http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9113251 I could care less which one you use. It’s that getting on to your own domain with email is cheap and easy. And, it’s not hotmail, yahoo, or gmail. It IS your own “personal brand”.
If you find out later that you’ve been abused by Verizon aka AOL aka Yahoo or your ISP, then you can’t say you did get warned.
# – # – # – # – #