Will you pay to hang on to your Web e-mail address? Hotmail, Yahoo, and others apparently aim to find out.
An Internet Age update to the truism “there is no such thing as a free lunch” might be that there is no (longer) such a thing as a free e-mail account.
The cost of a free e-mail account is on the rise. Two of the Internet’s largest free Web e-mail providers, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Hotmail, have quietly added fee services to their e-mail offerings. At the same time, both companies have also cut back the number of free Web e-mail perks. They are not alone.