I would and did this.

I signed up for a Free Gmail account. You can also sign up for a FREE Yahoo account.

Use your old ISP and email everyone and tell them you are changing you email address from



new username @newISP.com

Or Newusername@yahoo.com

Or Newusername@gmail.com

This way they will send all their emails there. Yahoo and Gmail have settings on their webserver that will forward the emails to another email address. You just have to look for this feature.

If you have emails in your old account that you want, you can forward them to your new email address before you close your account.

Hope this helps.