Why is my Telstra Mail suspended?

There are four reasons why Telstra may suspend your email account. But don’t worry, we’ll explain how to reactivate it.

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    Your payment is late

    Your emails are not deleted but you won’t be able to view them. New emails will bounce back to the sender.

    How to reactivate

    Pay the outstanding bill and your email should reactivate within 24 hours.

    Your email account is compromised

    If we believe your email account has been compromised, or if it’s been identified as a source of spam emails, we will suspend the account.

    Steps after reactivating your email

    Once your email is reactivated, you need to change your password or it may be suspended again.

    1. Sign in to My Telstra
    2. On your dashboard, select the profile icon
    3. Select Manage mailboxes and then Manage mailbox for the correct mailbox
    4. Select Change Password
    5. Follow the rest of the prompts and Save.

    You haven't used your email for 180 days

    To keep your email open, you need to use it least once every 180 days. 

    How do I re-activate my email?

    There are two ways to reactivate your email account:


    It takes about 30 minutes for us to re-activate your account. Your Telstra Mail account can be re-activated providing it has not been de-activated for more than six months.

    Can I re-activate my old BigPond email?

    You can re-activate your old BigPond mailbox using the steps above. 

    You’re no longer a Telstra customer

    When you close your Telstra account, we’ll suspend your email address. After 30 days, we may delete your emails.

    Want to keep your Telstra email address?

    Just tell us you’d like to keep your Telstra email when you close your account.

    It’s free to keep for the first 12 months after you cease to be a Telstra customer. After that, it’s $79 a year.

    Critical information Summary on Paid Email (PDF 53KB) 

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