AOL to Give Free Personalized Domains

AOL will offer personalized e-mail domains free to all Web users starting in September, the company announced Wednesday.

AOL is the first company to offer personalized e-mail domains—for example, you@thenameyouwant.com—for free, the company said in a press release. The service will available through AOL.com.

Users will be able to use their personalized domain, called My eAddress, as an e-mail address, as their AIM address to send and receive instant messages, and as the address of their own personal webpage on the free AIM Pages social networking service. The personal webpage feature will be offered soon, AOL said.

AOL debuted a beta version of My eAddress in May, but it was open only to AOL subscribers.

The My eAddress service will include customized .com or .net e-mail addresses, with up to 100 personalized e-mail addresses with each domain. The service will also include spam and antivirus protection, and 2GB of e-mail storage and an address book.

People who want to create an AOL screen name with the AOL.com domain can get one for free at AOL.com. AOL members who canceled within the past two years can reclaim their screen name or reset their password by signing into AOL Mail or AOL’s software. Former members who don’t remember their password but do know their AOL account security question or former payment method will be able to reactivate their screen name.

By Grant Gross, IDG News Service (Washington Bureau)

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