YAHOO MAIL has bounced back to life after suffering yet another outage overnight.
The INQUIRER learned of the outage via an eagle-eyed reader, who let us know that Yahoo Mail and Messenger stuttered overnight.
One user moaned: "I can login, but can't see any mail or access any folders." Another said: "I cannot access my emails or sign out!!! Sky and Yahoo - you are both absolutely unreliable!"
The service is now back up and running, having been intermittent for around five hours.
This latest outage follows the 11 days of downtime Yahoo Mail suffered last year, which the firm blamed on a severed underwater cable.
"The issues were a result of an underwater fibre cable cut, caused by a third party while fixing a separate cable," a spokesperson said.
"The engineering team has rerouted email traffic to mitigate accessibility issues. A cable repair ship has been mobilised to fix the issue.
"We apologise for the inconvenience as we certainly understand email is a critical service for our customers."
The length of the outage makes it unlikely that Yahoo Mail has a lot of users left as many threatened to make the switch to Gmail or Outlook.
Several took to a forum on the downdetector.com site to voice their wrath.
On 26 November, Patti Wood complained: "My issues are 1) can't use the email 2) I was never notified there was an issue. They should have posted it somewhere such as the log in page. Still waiting. Then they give you the phone number which refers you back to where you started and it goes round and round."
Karen Dermody added: "Yet again, can't get into Yahoo email. This is getting really ridiculous. Also third time this week for me."
Many of the posters say they've already switched to Gmail owing to the downtime, or plan to move across shortly.
Typically, Yahoo Mail users have flocked to Twitter about the outage. One complains: "If Yahoo was #RBS they'd be fined £56m for locking us out of our accounts. How am I expected to run my business with #yahoomaildown?"
Another added: "Nobody panic, @yahoomail are confident they will have the problem fixed by Christmas." µ
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