If you are thinking of switching from current email provider to Gmail, then here is another reason to make quick jump and move-over. Gmail now has cool and full featured option to import stuff from your old email account to newly created Gmail account.
Using this feature: you can import contacts and mail messages from Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail (& more) to a Gmail account. It also allows you to import new emails for next 30 days for smooth transition to Gmail and assign a specific label to imported messages. To use this feature:
1. Login into Gmail account & click settings (top-right). Click on Accounts and Import tab and then click the Import mail and contacts button.
2. In the new window, enter email address from which you want to import email messages and contacts. Enter login details of that email.
3. Select options among: import contacts, import mail, import new mail for next 30 days, add label to all imported mail. It is recommended to select all.
4. Then click start import button and stuff from old email should be transferred to Gmail account in 24-48 hrs. You can also track transfer status on the Accounts and Imports tab under settings page.
Don’t be surprised if your Gmail account is not showing “Accounts and Imports tab” under settings page. This feature is being rolled out in phased manner and new Gmail accounts are first ones with this feature. Have patience, it should appear very soon. Gmail keeps getting better and with new import feature expect more people to join Gmail.