This is a significant barrier to switching if you're coming from another paid service as the only options are "keep paying the other service also" or go with only a locally stored backup, which really sucks when on the go/on-mobile and you can't find anything from the past that's in that local archive.
Forever is a long time, but as of now there are no plans to allow imports from other services. HEY presents a fresh start. It's a rare thing, and a wonderful thing, but it's not for everyone. I'd look at it as an opportunity, not as a liability.
Yes, sometimes you may feel like you need to look something up from years ago. That's why an export is handy to have. Gmail, for example, lets you export to a single MBOX file. You can search that on your local machine whenever you want. 99% of the old stuff will never be useful again. There's no reason to keep lugging it around into new services for the rest of your life. Keep the export, dive in when you (almost never) need it, and move forward, fresh.
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