It doesn't really surprise me. I've been happy to pay $20/year since the late 90's for Yahoo's premium service. I always thought it worth paying for, especially given how important email is to me and how small this amount of money is. They've been reliable through all these years. A few month's ago I got emails from them about changes in my service and trying to convince me to come back to their ad free service. To which I thought: WTF, I'm on already on this. Nope. Apparently there was a problem processing my payment (I think my card had expired) and they refused to rectify it, nor restore my grandfathered $20/year service telling me I could only switch to their $50/year service. They blamed me for the failure to pay on time, but who's ever heard of a company not notifying you when there's a payment processing problem? They've done this in the past. Given that their free service is good enough, and I use it via IMAP most of the time (95-99%) anyway, I'm not going to pay.
Actually given they way they treated me over this issue, their obvious disregard for customers (paying customers, not their advertising customers), that they've had this massive security breach, the way they handled the security breach, the way they've silently caved in to the US government despite their competitors atleast appearing to make an attempt to resist and that they seem to be either limiting their service or even on the way out of business, I think it's time to leave them. It's annoying because as somebody who's had an email address from them since about 1997 and an address based on my name with no numbers after it blah blah, I've kind of got attached it and don't really want to go through the effort of changing it in so many places.
I really don't want to get in to hosting my own domain and services again, nor having to worry about setting up my own service and the burden of securing it and ensuring IMAP folders are backed-up, etc. I wonder if anybody here can make any recommendations of somewhere where I can park my own domain that provides a decent email service where I can preferably configure as many email addresses (they can be aliases on a small number of mailboxes)? I'm looking for a reasonable cost, and so far what I've seen seemed to be too limited or treated as a bet a small business case (too expensive for home usage)