Bell Webmail Login.

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We all know that Canada is a very polite nation. It took us several years to agree on the metric system, for instance, and there are many Canadians who still have not made peace with decimals.

But if anyone ever had reason to believe that Canadian politeness was an infinite resource, it must be those Bell Internet customers whose Webmail addresses have just changed without even being asked.

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The company appears to have struck a gold mine in the ground when it announced, just in time for Christmas vacation, that all Bell Internet customers would soon have Webmail addresses ending in “bell.net” instead of their own custom domains or “[email protected]” Now those addresses would end in “[email protected],” the company proudly proclaimed.

Outraged customers, apparently unaware that they were not actually Bell properties but rather held under a licensing agreement, organized boycotts and protests on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. But it was too late: The new addresses had already been activated Christmas Eve and would remain in force while customers’ old addresses would be deactivated sometime in January.

That’s when the fun began: Many thousands of Canadians who had used their Hotmail and Yahoo personal Webmail accounts for business purposes found themselves cut off from important information. It was technically feasible to change passwords and even get new e-mails sent to an inactive account, but not for weeks.

When the outcry became too loud to ignore, Bell announced in mid-January that it would allow its customers to continue using their old Webmail accounts until July 15 of this year. But over the past two months, thousands of e-mails from upset customers have been arriving at my inbox daily, and I cannot see any end in sight.

As a computer consultant who has been writing about technology for over 20 years, I have not been surprised by the outrage of Bell customers whose domain names have been hijacked by their ISP. But when my wife, Marcia, a freelance journalist working from home in Vancouver, received a message last month from a British Columbia man whose Webmail account had been hijacked, I suddenly realized what it must feel like to have one’s garbage stolen.

This particular client uses his Hotmail address exclusively for business purposes, transmitting purchase orders via it. The last thing he needs is the constant threat of losing data due to technical problems or questionable policy changes by his ISP.