ICONZ has bought the Nzoomail free web-based email service from TVNZ.
As Computerworld Online reported in June (What will happen to nzoom services?) TVNZ is restructuring its Nzoom web portal, reducing the service levels and dumping the brand name in favour of www.tvnz.co.nz.
ICONZ general manager Sean Weekes says he has been keen on keeping the service running since he heard about TVNZ's decision.
"We've been saying we should do more in the free account space and so we are."
ICONZ will uplift the Nzoom service and user list, around 25,000 names, with minimal change to the service. Instead of logging on to the service via Nzoom's website, users will have to log on to ICONZ instead. However their email addresses will remain the same.
"There will be some disruption as we have to unplug things from TVNZ and physically bring it up here, but after that it should be just the same."
Weekes says the service will also take advantage of ICONZ's soon-to-be-introduced anti-spam service.
"It will fall under that umbrella, yes".
Nzoomail is the largest web-based email service in New Zealand aside from Hotmail.
Weekes wouldn't reveal the purchase price for commercial sensitivity reasons.