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I've had a number of domains registered with GoDaddy for nearly 20 years. The tech support was terrific much of that time.
This week we decided that we needed to get the email on two of our domains to synchronize between our devices and computers using an IMAP configuration. Trying to set it up got nothing but errors even though I was applying the settings as described on the GoDaddy site.
After going through a lot of misinformation on the site I discovered info indicating that we needed to convert the free email accounts with those domains to either Personal or Business paid accounts in order to use IMAP. Finding how to upgrade to either proved impossible so I phoned support. I was told the Personal was no longer available and that I'd need to buy an Unlimited Business Email package with the caveat that it would become obsolete within the next couple of years. The package was $120 for five email accounts and included unlimited storage.
I bought that and got one of our accounts up and working perfectly right away. The second kept having issues with the server rejecting the username when I tried sending email from a computer although it worked on two devices. After more effort the next day I called support again to resolve this issue. The overly patronizing agent asked me to log in to the browser based account to be sure that would work and have me send him an email from it. I entered "Test" as the subject and got lectured on the reasons not to do that. The email did get through though and I was told that showed it was all okay and that the problem was in my software and he couldn't help me with that since "they hadn't sold the IMAP package I had for over five years." I pointed out that I had just purchased it 24 hours earlier and he said it shouldn't have been sold to me. Instead I should buy a $360 per year plan. ( In retrospect it appears that the $360 he quoted me was for their Business Hosting with a Virtual Private Server when all I wanted is upgraded email. )
At that point I was clearly irritated but under control even when he told me not "to be that guy". But it became obvious that he had no interest in helping resolve my issue. He was there to sell. GoDaddy records the support sessions and I can only hope that someone listens to that most unsatisfactory call. I've got his email address so they can clearly identify him.
Today I resolved the problem on my own and I have the IMAP email working. Meantime I'm making plans to move all of our domains from GoDaddy.
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