I've had that address for ages. When I signed up, one could choose from a whole bunch of domain names. Later on, only iname.com was free and the others you had to pay for to get an address under that domain. But forwarding was still free.
Then they started charging for email forwarding. Why? That shouldn't take their processors much time? (My guess: because people reading forwarded email don't see ads.)
And then the email says "renew now for only $14.95, that's a 25% discount off the standard price of $19.95". 20 bucks a year just to have email forwarded to me.
But that address is too widely known for me to let it expire, and I'm not going to check my email via their web-based form all the time. It's annoying enough that I have to check my Hotmail every month or they'll can the account as they've already done a couple of times when I forgot (and all my messages went down the drain -- I don't get that many or I'd probably check more often but the ones I save I would rather keep).
*sigh* So I headed over to their site and updated my credit card information. I was a bit surprised that they didn't ask for the card verification number or whatever this extra number is called that more and more online credit card processing sites require. And the site said the service was only $9.95 rather than $14.95 or $19.95. We shall have to see.
(That reminds me, I should fetch the file from my old desktop on the other hard drive that tells me what I'm setting aside money for, i.e. what I budgeted for. I save about $20 a month which I can use for things such as domain name registration so that when they roll around once a year I don't have to pay a lump sum at once, cutting a huge hole in my pocket money. So I made a little list listing what recurring expenses I had to make sure that $20 a month would be sufficient. I don't remember whether mail.com was on that list.)