Times Internet Limited is permanently doing away with its email service subject to the Indiatimes brand, February 18 onwards. New users were not permitted to sign up November 19th onwards, and the notice put up on the Indiatimes site confirms the move. The reason for the shut down is still unknown.
This is the message they’ve put up on their site:
This is to inform that the Indiatimes.com Email Service will stop accepting new users from 19th November, 2012.
The Indiatimes.com Email Service (“Service”) will be discontinued and shall be permanently shut down with effect from 18th February, 2013 at 12 PM (Indian Standard Time).
You will no longer be able to send or receive mails or access your account for the purpose of reading mail and/or transfer any data (i.e. emails, tasks, documents, folders, appointments, and/or contacts) currently saved in your account post 18th February, 2013 – 12 P.M(Indian Standard Time). You are advised to immediately download all your emails/contacts/data from your Indiatimes mailbox via IMAP at the earliest.
You can continue to log in to all Times Internet Limited network sites using your Indiatimes.com email address.
This move will take a big toll on the portal, as not only will it reduce the overall pageviews, but also the total time that a user used to spend on the site- thus overall affecting their revenue.