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No I couldn't switch, unfortunately my username is at gmail.com, I don't get to chose to change providers and keep that same address.

You can forward it you say, sure I can, but at that point Google still gets to use my information as it pleases.

That's an argument for custom domains: if your email address is [yourname]@[yourdomain].com, it's easy to switch from Google Apps to a different provider.

Finding a way to make that a viable option for non-techies is, sadly, an exercise left for the reader.

Making it a viable option would be simple, convincing people that they need it would be the trick.

Absolutely. As a techie I have regeer.org registered, so bertjw@regeer.org can be move anywhere I want.

However I was simply bringing up that it isn't easy to move email providers.

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