Currently there are 4.2 million BigPond email addresses, which will slowly be migrated across to Hotmail accounts starting in April, according to a report in The Australian.
New customers will be placed straight onto the Windows Live platform, with existing customers given a Hotmail account. People with BigPond email addresses will be able to keep them, though they will be migrated to the Hotmail service.
All customers will be required to change their username and password.
J-B Rousselot, director of media, applications and user experience at Telstra, claimed in a statement that the move was because customers had asked for more from their email service, but only if they could keep their email address.
“New BigPond email customers will receive the Windows Live service, while existing customers will be contacted over the course of the year with instructions on how to being the migration process,” he wrote.
Telstra has set up a special website with information about the migration, which can be found here.