Telstra is abandoning its Easymail service on March 13 leaving almost 70,000 customers to find new (and likely more expensive) means of accessing email.
Telstra spokesperson Stuart Gray said Easymail was "no longer commercially viable" for the telecommunications giant.
Easymail gave users basic email access at the cost of a local telephone call. According to Gray, most of its customers were home users and "fifty per cent of those users have an ISP anyhow".
This latest move by Telstra follows the recent overhaul of Big Pond Internet access plans. Now the cheapest plan Telstra offers for users simply wanting an email service is the Internet Light Plan, offering 2 hours a month of Internet access at a monthly fee of $5.95.