Yahoo Inc. said it will begin charging for previously free services that let customers download or automatically forward e-mail. Yahoo said it will charge $19.99 a month for e-mail accounts in which users can download e-mail to delete or respond to while not connected to the Internet. The accounts also allow users to automatically forward e-mail. The fee will rise to $29.99 a month April 24.
Chief Executive Terry Semel is charging users of Yahoo's network of Web sites for more services after advertising sales declined last year. In the last three months, Yahoo began charging for a research service and for new features on its GeoCities service, which lets users design their own Web sites.