Originally Posted by JSanders
I think AT&T got it right this time. As I understand it, after a username is canceled it is put off-line and unusable for a certain amount of time, like 6 months. The system says it is in use, but likely it is just unavailable for use.
If, as yo say, that is totally unacceptable, you'll have to find another carrier to just get the username you desire?
Cingular/ATT is very slow to release the BIS accounts. It took them a few days to do that when I switched from Cingular/ATT to T-Mobile.
The BIS account is put on hold for 60 days (sometimes 90) and is then released again for you to get. The BIS email account shouldn't be that important, it should just be a tunnel for things to be forwarded to. It's not meant to be given out to people when they ask you "hey, what's your email"