This post is probably only helpful to Bigpond users who access their mail using the old Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express or the newer version from Microsoft, Windows Live Mail. The last release was in 2012, so clearly people are not longer much using Windows Live Mail and Microsoft is not doing anything with it. Victor's main issue is accessing his email when travelling. While you can access your Telstra ISP delivered email using a browser and Telstra's Web Mail, Web Mail is extremely clunky, unreliable and difficult to use and not everything is accessible, such as your Contact List email addresses unless you add them to Web Mail site. I expect Telstra, like Microsoft is no longer prepared to spend money on such a dinosaur. Gmail, Yahoo Mail and many others are just so good now.
So, you have set up your Gmail account. Go to your inbox, top right of the page is a cog wheel and click. Choose Settings and then select the tab at the top, Accounts and Imports, then Check mail from other accounts (using POP3): You will be taken to another page to add your ISP email address, in our and Victor's case, that is Telstra Big Pond. Because we are long time cable internet users our email address ends in the awkward bigpond.net.au Victor's probably ends in the simpler bigpond.com
After you enter your email, you will be asked to enter some other detail and I can't go further now than just say what I remember. I think outgoing and incoming email need the address mail.bigpond.com That was easy to find. Not so SMTP server and I had a devilish time finding out what should be entered there. I just could not find out. Eventually I tried the same, mail.bigpond.com and it worked and lo and behold, any mail sent to our ISP account, started arriving in our Gmail and so far as I can see, it works flawlessly. Using Gmail takes some getting used to and is perhaps not quite as convenient as Windows Live Mail, but it is pretty good.
If you plan to make a clean break from Windows Live Mail and your ISP and only use Gmail, do not click on the Send Mail As link. Things will get messy if you do.
Today in a moment of inspiration, I remember that before we bought the new computer, I backed up all our emails, dating back to about 1997 and saved them on our backup drive. I installed Windows Live Mail without actually connecting it to work, and then imported all our old emails and they are there. We are only missing January to June 2016. The emails from when we dealt with supplier of the failed new computer are there too. I don't know why we save them as we never look at them but I like that our email history is there.
I suggest you keep your ISP email address going until you notify all of your change of email address.
That is about it. Now you have to get busy changing your email with various companies. I am about 2/3 of the way through doing that. It is not so hard. I only had to resort to the phone with one company and its auto process would probably have worked had I persisted. Sometimes the phone is the best way to do things.
Very last tech post for a good while. Thank you for your patience.