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AOL To Be Free For Broadband Users?

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the already-have-the-intertron-thanks dept.

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mikesd81 writes "AOL may give away more services including its AOL.com accounts reserved for paying customers. They have a proposal under consideration which calls for Time Warner's online unit to stop charging subscription fees to users who have high-speed Internet access or even dial-up service from a rival provider. Under the plan the company would continue to charge the fees for those needing dial-up access through AOL. The AOL software also would allow subscribers to continue using instant messaging, Web journals and other services without having to download separate software or figure out Web-based options. That would ease the transition and encourage them to keep using AOL services, the person familiar with the matter said."

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159 comments

Yea, but... (5, Funny)

Bakadan (987312) | about 8 years ago | (#15671193)

then you'd have to use AOL.

Yea, but...Crayons. (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671255)

"then you'd have to use AOL."

As opposed to? AOL's not bad for what it gives you.*

*And yes nobody here is the demographic they're aiming for.

Re:Yea, but... (3, Funny)

WCD_Thor (966193) | about 8 years ago | (#15671916)

LOL! AOL is a burdon on society and needs to be shot in the head, or at least given the leathal injection (but I think if it went to a vote, a shot in the head would win in a landslide). I have no idea why anyone would ever consider using AOL. Only stupid idiots that are tricked by adds use AOL, or those poor bastards who's only option for internet service is AOL, those people need charity.

Re:Yea, but... (1)

Fordiman (689627) | about 8 years ago | (#15671974)

Meh. My girlfriend's mom is hooked on AOL. I've been trying for two years now to convince her that AOL is not where the internet comes from. They even got cable internet. It doesn't work. I put firefox on her machine, and while my girl uses it, her mom won't.

However, if AOL is offering their service for free, I think I'll wait a month and say, "You're not still paying for that, are you? AOL's offering it for free now." You know, just to be a good possibly future son-in-law.

Re:Yea, but... (1)

WCD_Thor (966193) | about 8 years ago | (#15672014)

LOL. Yeah I know a girl whos mom is hooked on it too, thinks she wont be able to use her email and IM if she doesn't have AOL as her IP. AOL is officialy the slowest IP ever, even more so for games.

Re:Yea, but... (1, Informative)

Quarters (18322) | about 8 years ago | (#15672404)

I know you're making a joke and I agree that it is funny. But, as a father of a daughter who is quickly getting old enough to be introduced to the web this new plan has a certain level of appeal to me. If I could let her get on the Net via AOL without having to pay for a monthly subscription I'd do it. Having the parental controls, age verification, etc.. that the AOL client provides without having to cobble it all together, maintain, and police it myself would be a huge benefit to me.

Advantage: AOL (1)

AssCork (769414) | about 8 years ago | (#15671199)

Holy shit - what the fuck is going on?

Cool (0)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | about 8 years ago | (#15671200)

Free shit!

It's tradition. (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | about 8 years ago | (#15671216)

Duh...AOL has always been the king of free shit. I don't think I bought a blank 3.5" floppy disk from the mid-1990s onwards because of them. Just plain white Avery labels to cover them up with.

Re:It's tradition. (4, Funny)

AndreiK (908718) | about 8 years ago | (#15671435)

I'm eagerly awaiting the point when their software passes 700MB, so they can start using 1GB usb keys.

Re:It's tradition. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671763)


Actually, they would use DVDs then. Im surprised they don't already. I would then more room to pack more spyware and virus-like software on the dvd.

Re:Cool (1)

SoCalChris (573049) | about 8 years ago | (#15671258)

Free crap is still crap.

TANSTAFS. (3, Insightful)

Tackhead (54550) | about 8 years ago | (#15671279)

> Free shit!

If the editors can dupe the articles, us commenters can dupe the comments [slashdot.org] ... and to that end:

> > > > > Just because a bag of crap is free doesn't mean it's worth the hassle of obtaining it.
> > > > Horse shit!
> > > Free? My uncle sells manure at a good few pounds per bag. It's a good source of income.
> > Good source of income, eh? Must be good shit. Couldn't resist...
> I'll take a bag of the good shit please...

But as Heinlein would say... TANSTAFS.

From AOL's perspective, giving the shit away is probably a good business decision. AOL is as much a marketing organization / advertising agency than an ISP, and they probably make a lot more money selling their users' data as they do from ISP subscription fees.

Hence, give the shit away. The more eyeballs that stare at AOL's shit, the more shit comes through the tubes, and the more ad revenue AOL/TW brings in from advertisers eager to sell their shit.

Re:TANSTAFS. (1)

Elminst (53259) | about 8 years ago | (#15671814)

From AOL's perspective, giving the shit away is probably a good business decision

Good business decision my ass.
The AOL divison of AOL-TW is already sucking money from the rest of the company like a leech on steroids. now they want to give it away for free??? Can they just slit our throats? wouldn't that be faster?
(note: i am an employee of time-warner cable. not aol. I and everyone I work with pray for the day corporate finally decides to split aol off so it can fucking die.)

Re:TANSTAFS. (1)

Avantare (573582) | about 8 years ago | (#15672430)

Hmmm... I wonder how net-neutrality will affect them?

Chuck

So is gum under your chair. (1)

Tatarize (682683) | about 8 years ago | (#15671319)

Yeah, but so is gum under your chair.

Tell me when they pay me to use that crap.

Re:So is gum under your chair. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15672406)

Quoting [bash.org] is like masturbating, people know you do it.

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671720)

Free Shit is still SHIT!

Can someone tell me? (2, Interesting)

JustNiz (692889) | about 8 years ago | (#15671234)

What is the point of AOL?

Re:Can someone tell me? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671263)

me too!

Re:Can someone tell me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671362)

Oh come on mods, this is a joke! "me too!" is the catchphrase of AOLers since time immemorial (or at least since they started invading Usenet in the mid-90s). It's funny!

Re:Can someone tell me? (3, Funny)

JustNiz (692889) | about 8 years ago | (#15671734)

Maybe its just me but every time I see AOLers written down I confuse it with the word 'assholes'.

Re:Can someone tell me? (1)

EEJD (901217) | about 8 years ago | (#15671361)

AOL is the internet. Duh. How else would you connect?

Re:Can someone tell me? (5, Insightful)

PMuse (320639) | about 8 years ago | (#15671447)

What is the point of AOL?

Those who have been saying for years that AOL content adds no value to what can be had in the wilds of the internet now have proof: Time-Warner will stop charging for AOL content.

What a long, embarrassing fall for the online company whose stock was once so valuable that it could buy a major cable company!

Advertising (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671471)


AOL (the app) is simply voluntary spyware, the entire point of AOL (the company) is not to help or provide a "service" to users but to provide companies with a targeted resource in which to exploit for financial gain

open AOL (the app) and see what is more prominent , advertising or content ?

Re:Can someone tell me? (4, Interesting)

KingSkippus (799657) | about 8 years ago | (#15671514)

Got me. AOL is one of those things that, even free, still isn't worth it.

At one point, my company had a "strategic business partnership" with AOL to provide personal Internet service for its employees. Everyone got free AOL accounts for a year. Most of the IT group didn't use them, we knew better. The people I know who did had nothing but trouble, and I don't know anyone who renewed their subscription when the free year ran out. The company didn't do it again. I think that the plan got nixed when all the employess started calling our help desk asking why their Internet at home wasn't working.

Oh well, lesson learned, I suppose.

Re:Can someone tell me? (1)

TFGeditor (737839) | about 8 years ago | (#15671706)

"What is the point of AOL?"

It is the "other internet" for people who have not a clue. It protects them from viruses, spam, and other net evils. But, the best part is that AOL protects us from the clueless by making it extremely difficult to spam or spew viruses, trojans, et al from their servers. The walled community of AOL keeps evil out, but also helps keep evil in.

I am glad AOL exists because it keeps many clueless users away (mostly) from the real internet.

Re:Can someone tell me? (1)

jdbartlett (941012) | about 8 years ago | (#15671989)

AOL itself is spam. And I don't just mean their in-browser advertising. I've kept a 'spam this' Hotmail account for years. So far, the only spam I've received is from AOL and Hotmail telling me every month why I should pay them for their spam filters.

Re:Can someone tell me? (2, Insightful)

alshithead (981606) | about 8 years ago | (#15672367)

"What is the point of AOL?" That's easy. They USED to be the primary introducer of non-technical users to the internet. Now, there is no point and they have to try and make their living doing something different than selling services in addition to the actual connection. That is why they are starting to give away former income generating services for free. I think their attempt at reincarnation will be towards advertising and whatever content delivery they can from the TW side. I won't try and predict how their reincarnation will go because I'm completely out of touch with AOL. All of my friends and family were conviced to go elsewhere for internect access long ago (some at my my personal prodding) because they have so many more better choices. AOL used to be their obvious choice and now it's not.

Re:Can someone tell me? (1)

hackstraw (262471) | about 8 years ago | (#15671786)

What is the point of AOL?

Yeah, I was going to ask who AOL was, but then I remembered hearing about them in the 90s.

So, what's next? A new Netscape release? Oh yeah, didn't AOL buy^Hry them in 98?

Person? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671235)

Person familiar with the matter? Is this some sort of "Deep throat" situation?

If AOL were free . . . (5, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | about 8 years ago | (#15671239)

. . . only newbies would use AOL. Oh, wait! ;-)

DING! (1)

heauxmeaux (869966) | about 8 years ago | (#15671241)

You've got really goddamn fast mail!

Uhghhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671250)

I remember working help desk and being mystifed at the people who would pay for AOL service on top of their broadband connections.

Q: Does it still suck? (5, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | about 8 years ago | (#15671259)

A: Yes, but it sucks 10 times faster.

So what. (0, Redundant)

gadgetman (4992) | about 8 years ago | (#15671287)

Yawn.

In related news... (0)

saleenS281 (859657) | about 8 years ago | (#15671295)

In related news the CIA has issued a press release that they will be working with AOL to make version 10.0 the "most secure version ever" in the interests of the American Public.

So? (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 8 years ago | (#15671296)


I could get AIDS for free, too. That doesn't make it desirable.

Re:So? (1)

saleenS281 (859657) | about 8 years ago | (#15671333)

tell that to these guys. [rollingstone.com]

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671542)

They need some help, but then again it does help the gene pool.

Re:So? (1)

Amouth (879122) | about 8 years ago | (#15671617)

ok .. i just read that whole thing.. and ... damn.. ok that has to be one of the - i don't know how to say it.. i don't want to be rude or anything.. but that just seems so wrong of a thing to do....

on the other hand.. a very very well writen article.. and should be read by as many as posiable.

Re:So? (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | about 8 years ago | (#15671870)

Those guys are crazy.

Re:So? (3, Insightful)

wbren (682133) | about 8 years ago | (#15671718)

Oh shit! This guy made a joke with the word AIDS in it! Quick! Mod him to hell!

He was just making a point/joke, give him a break.

for you that would involve sex .... (2, Funny)

Brigadier (12956) | about 8 years ago | (#15671795)



and for you .. that isn't free :D

Re:So? (4, Funny)

Jesus IS the Devil (317662) | about 8 years ago | (#15672044)

You're on Slashdot. Your left hand can't give you AIDS. So, no... it won't be free for you.

Re:So? (1)

Aqua OS X (458522) | about 8 years ago | (#15672095)

Is it possible to rate a post "6?"

Strings attached! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671297)

The AOL access may be free, but they are going to start charging for the install CDs.

Re:Strings attached! (1)

moosesocks (264553) | about 8 years ago | (#15671691)

The AOL access may be free, but they are going to start charging for the install CDs.


retroactively

Re:Strings attached! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15672443)

Where would I get my frisbees and coasters from then?

Stab, ow? (1, Funny)

eingram (633624) | about 8 years ago | (#15671299)

Stabbing yourself in the face is free, too, but it's still not a good idea.

AOL (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671312)

I guess too many people figured out AOL wasn't 'The Internet'?

Re:AOL (3, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | about 8 years ago | (#15671571)

I guess too many people figured out AOL wasn't 'The Internet'?

Now I see what Dubya was talking about when he referred to, "The Internets," back in the 2004 campaign! There's the "normal internet" and the "AOL internet" ... two "Internets." ;-)

AOL is the epitomy of corporate addware (5, Interesting)

rucs_hack (784150) | about 8 years ago | (#15671314)

My mother (in spite of my protestations) has used AOL for years.

She's stopping now though, because even though she pays a high monthly subscription, she gets bombarded with adverts from AOL, even while their addware and spyware 'zapper' is running.
There are even usually two adverts on the logoff screen.

I can't beleive it, but they've actually managed to suck more.

Re:AOL is the epitomy of corporate addware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671503)

Of course they suck. Those internet pipes aren't just there for show, you know.

How can I lose? (5, Funny)

Kev_Stewart (737140) | about 8 years ago | (#15671326)

Bang that crayon a little further up my nose, Moe. Woo hoo! AOL! How can I lose?

Sounds reliable... (1)

ParadoxDruid (602583) | about 8 years ago | (#15671334)

the person familiar with the matter said
Sounds like a reliable source of information to me. No, I didn't read the article. But how did that make it onto the front page? It's not news, it's gossip.

Re:Sounds reliable... (1)

rucs_hack (784150) | about 8 years ago | (#15671375)

Gossip is just another word for real news spoken by inimportant people.

Presidents of america can gossip ( elite republican guard, WMD, global terror network etc), and be taken seriously.

Unimportant people can gossip about stuff that's important to them and those they know, and no-one gives a damn.

Re:Sounds reliable... (1)

Brobock (226116) | about 8 years ago | (#15671394)

Sounds like a reliable source of information to me. No, I didn't read the article. But how did that make it onto the front page? It's not news, it's gossip.

Actually, it was announced on CNBC (A financial network) this morning.

Re:Sounds reliable... (1)

ParadoxDruid (602583) | about 8 years ago | (#15671448)

I suppose I was unclear. What I meant was that the article summary was a piece of crap. Why did they leave the annoying "the person who was familiar with the matter", rather than cite the source? Ah well, my bad.

Re:Sounds reliable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671527)

Read the orginal article [excite.com] linked in the story, or should have been maybe I screwed up the html I used any way
The person familiar with the talks said a major strategic review over the past several months sought to identify additional ways to keep users within the AOL family regardless of whether they want to keep paying monthly fees of as much as $25.90 a month.

That's like saying... (0)

posterlogo (943853) | about 8 years ago | (#15671344)

..."internet to be free for paid internet subscribers." NO idea what the AOL for Broadband business model ever was, except deception.

AOL returning to dial up BWAHAHAHAHAAHHAH. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671346)

Well look what industry is now realizing folks say their broadband is overpriced and garbage and are leaving in droves.

Could this also be the results of Net neutrality not being renued?

Free Software (1)

epedersen (863120) | about 8 years ago | (#15671367)

Now if only it was open source, then we could look at the code, comment out all of the code, then it would be a more worthwhile product.

omg enough with the speculation already (2, Informative)

preppypoof (943414) | about 8 years ago | (#15671368)

this is the fourth "story" in a row that has a question for a title.

Re:omg enough with the speculation already (2, Funny)

MustardMan (52102) | about 8 years ago | (#15671429)

Slashdot: Rumors for nerds. Stuff that might matter.

Ebaums Cust. Serv. Call (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671377)

Ebaums World, (A dreg of the internet IMO) has a support call I overheard in a cubie nearby of someone trying to cancel their AOL account and this "Option" being shoved down their throat. Apparently you get it, whether you want it or not.

Wasn't AOL always free ? (5, Funny)

Sohil (981376) | about 8 years ago | (#15671411)

I mean they never let you cancel. "Please try AOL free for 50 more days"

I dont understand (3, Interesting)

bombboyer (948246) | about 8 years ago | (#15671445)

I dont understand why anyone would do this.

Everyone I know that's gone to broadband from AOL did it as much to escape the confines/ads/annoyances of the AOL software as for the speed. Why would you voluntarily restrict yourself to using their browser when you could be using Firefox?

Furthermore, the people that have broadband (granted, not as much today, but still) are the people that are a bit more technically savvy and want more out of their internet connection/experience. Why on earth would any of these people want AOL?

Re:I dont understand (1)

postmortem (906676) | about 8 years ago | (#15671583)

Over 50% people using internet are already on broadband. And why not - everybody over 40 could find it interesting. It is about content. AOL has integrated internet into one application - for rest of the world it is good idea. Anyway, AOL sees end of first itnernet age, and has to move on, or get out of game.

New and Improved Crap! (2, Insightful)

Bieeanda (961632) | about 8 years ago | (#15671479)

Sounds like yet another useless portal site, but with the added annoyance of having to use a special client to interact with it. If they're looking for market share, that's about the worst way they could go about doing it.

Net Neutrality in reverse (1)

Tiger4 (840741) | about 8 years ago | (#15671486)

AOL is incentivizing people to leave their paid network. AOL subscribers would in effect be subsidizing people that use access through other providers. AOL lowers its own hardware usage and maintenance costs, all those modem banks out there, while still getting some eyeballs to come see the paid ads etc. on their services, which cost little per viewer to maintain.

A weird business plan. So weird, it just might work!

But is it still AOL.

Which free? (1)

woot account (886113) | about 8 years ago | (#15671500)

Free as in speech? Or free as in beer? Hopefully, it's only the latter. I'd hate to have to start saying GNU/AOL all the time.

But.. (1)

phaetonic (621542) | about 8 years ago | (#15671520)

Does it still work with AOHell?

Re:But.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671971)

You made a good, yet misunderstood point. Many of us got into the piracy scene because of AOL. We were the ones using Mass Mailer & Server chatrooms to get copies of Visual Basic 3.0 in our inbox (don't forget your BAS files!). We let the downloads go all night on our 28.8k Hayes Compadible modems. Proggies were the norm; FaTeX, Super Mad Cow, Hellraiser, AOHell, gave us the power to make people dissappear.

We'd stay crouched over the keyboard for hours, keeping an eye out for CATWatch. If someone crossed our path, we'd bust out our punter. Did they go to far? Our TOSser would get them a Terms of Service infraction email from TOSGeneral. It was like the wild wild west. Grab your OH Account and your mega-scroller and make some hell!

Ah, those were the days...
- anon/phazeon, a former of the vb3 chatroom

Re:But.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15672313)

God I miss those days. "Writting" horribly leaky VB proggies. Later used DOS's chat control to actually mimic IRC style commands in an AOL chat room.

God... remember how easy it was to harvest names for your password cracker? Still using software version 2.5 when 3.0 came out, because it was truly faster, you could lobby surf and pickup thousands of screen names to crack in minutes. Making OH scrollers was the best.

Anon/iXPM from AOL private chatroom: vB (1998)

Uh, I think I'm missing something. (1)

Moofie (22272) | about 8 years ago | (#15671568)

And anybody cares, why?

Makes sense, so why now...? (2, Interesting)

TheRealStyro (233246) | about 8 years ago | (#15671603)

Aol may be proposing to provide free access to services to subscribers that already have internet access. That sounds like it makes alot of sense, if you want the aol service.

When I worked a short job in telephone tech support, I could never understand why someone would want aol in addition to DSL/cable/etc. I actually worked people through getting them connected to the Internet (and proved it by getting them to CNN/Yahoo/Slashdot/etc. but they didn't think they were actually connected until the aol software decided that it wanted to connect (I passed them off to aol for support since they are connected to the Internet).

I guess I just don't understand the business side of technology services. This proposed free access for highspeed subscribers should have been done years ago. Better very late (if they do it), than absolutely never, I guess.

All /. headlines to end in question mark? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671614)

All /. headlines to end in question mark?

Big Revenue Loss (1)

iwsnet (946715) | about 8 years ago | (#15671634)

I have used AOL through broadband paying $14.95 per month for the past 7 years. This would be a huge loss of revenue for AOL without the monthly subscription fees. I wonder if they could make it up in advertising at the same rate.

Red-Letter Day (3, Informative)

TobyRush (957946) | about 8 years ago | (#15671643)

Wow. Mark today's date, 4692 September 1993 [wikipedia.org] , on your calendars.

AOL is dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671644)

Now that AOL has gotten to the point they've got to start flat giving their service away, it's probably too late to turn it around. Not that I'm sorry to see this dinosaur die...I give them another year.

I don't know about you (1)

Fuzzball963 (887814) | about 8 years ago | (#15671710)

But as for me I know my day wouldn't be complete without an announcement of yet "more" spyware that can be freely stuck on my PC or those of my "users" Thank you AOL. Really. I mean it :).

AOL just can't fool the n00bs anymore. (1)

Datalanche (987331) | about 8 years ago | (#15671748)

0Back when the internet started picking up steam in Joe User's home, there weren't as many popular sites that the general people knew about. It actually took some effort to find something you were looking for. Now, you hear about every site there is to be soon from friends, TV news, and any other place you can think of. But then, these people saw the AOL screen. "Hey, buttons for Entertainment, News, Sports, this is so much easier." So now that all these URL thingamabobs are now common knowledge, who needs the crappy buttons and sloppy interface for double(or more) the price of any other dialup provider?

Re:AOL just can't fool the n00bs anymore. (1)

MrNougat (927651) | about 8 years ago | (#15671869)

In fact, in the early early days, AOL had quality content that could not be found on the internet-at-large. Besides that, computers and networks were very new to a lot of people. I started online in 1995 with AOL for DOS, and let me tell you, it was great.

Great until I figured out that, while AOL was advertising 14.4Kbps (top speed in the day), my dialup POP in the suburbs was 2400bps. And every time I dialed up, I had to wait fifteen minutes while AOL "downloaded new art." And they were charging me by the hour. And my AOL bills were ~$200/mo.

As soon as I figured out the scam, I went to the store and bought a magazine. I started paging through looking for a new ISP. I was signed up with someone else (Netcom) by the end of the day for $19.95/mo unlimited.

Interestingly, I had no problem canceling my AOL service back then.

Anyway, my point is that AOL had a place at one time. The market has opened up a lot since then, to the point where AOL's purpose (at a premium price) has been eliminated.

WOW... (1)

Shaymus22 (966084) | about 8 years ago | (#15671766)

If we didn't want to use it when it came in the mail, why in the world would we care that it's free now??

uh what? (1)

ezwip (974076) | about 8 years ago | (#15671787)

I'm glad AOL finally came to the conclusion that it's not even worth giving away... um wait... I think they are still confused on the subject...

Mistake in the summary (1)

Donniedarkness (895066) | about 8 years ago | (#15671800)

Should be, "AOL users to start getting what they pay for".

Anyone else think that I should be an editor?

Not me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15671873)

Anyone else think that I should be an editor?

You're still nowhere-near cunty enough to be a Slashdot editor.

Re:Not me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15672411)

Well, you'd make a great editor, too bad you're AC!

This is already in effect (1)

venomkid (624425) | about 8 years ago | (#15671801)

...for TWC customers in Columbus, OH. I have a free account with them. I use it for testing.

They did notify me, however, that if I don't cancel AOL before I switch providers, they will begin to charge my account. Ahh, AOL...

But.. (1)

kahrytan (913147) | about 8 years ago | (#15671848)


Would you all use AOL if they redesigned their software and used Mozilla as the base for the browser?

I would consider it if the damn software didn't act like a virus like norton. Also, they can put all ads in an iframe.

Speculation, but what if... (1)

guabah (968691) | about 8 years ago | (#15671862)

This has something to do with that purchase of AOL stock by Google [washingtonpost.com] some time ago?

Great! Now I can say... (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | about 8 years ago | (#15671867)

..."I wouldn't use AOL even if it were free" and people would know that I really meant it. Now I'm waiting for AOL to pay me to use it.

I just signed up and cancelled my aol account... (1)

XaXXon (202882) | about 8 years ago | (#15672047)

I just signed up for an aol account to see how hard it would be to cancel it.

I signed up online, gave my credit card info and such. I didn't download their software or anything and just called the customer service number that was on the post-signup screen and selected the "cancellation" option. They made me wade through a relatively obnoxious "privacy" screening in order to sit on hold for 7-8 minutes.

Finally a guy picked up and asked me for all the information all over again. He asked how he could help me and I said, "I'd like to cancel my account, please." He started going into a bit about asking me why and such and I repeated, "I'd like to cancel my account, please." He noted that I'd signed up that day and started to ask again why I wanted to cancel and I, again, repeated, "I'd like to cancel my account, please." He then said he would process my account cancellation and informed me that all the services would continue to be available to me through the aol.com homepage (as this article stated).

He said there would be an account cancellation confirmation email in the next 24 hours. Hopefully that actually happens.

I just hurt this guy's save rate.. if he loses his job, maybe it's for the best. Fight Club-esque, ya know.

Re:I just signed up and cancelled my aol account.. (1)

saleenS281 (859657) | about 8 years ago | (#15672070)

I'm sure they try significantly harder if you've been a member for more than a day...

MOD PARENT DOWN -- Why...read on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15672465)

Why? Because he is a loser with way too much time on his hands.

Geesh man, get a life! This is what you do with your precious time on the planet earth??
Call up AOL to see how long it takes to cancel!?

I mean, you read slashdot (so in theory you are smarter than the average bear) and this is what strikes your curiosity button???

Wow, what is even more lame, I am responding...phew,maybe I am the bigger one eh?

Re:I just signed up and cancelled my aol account.. (2, Insightful)

solitas (916005) | about 8 years ago | (#15672495)

You just gave AOL your credit card number just so you could call 'em up again to cancel? Ummm... [shaking head]

You get... (1)

zamboni1138 (308944) | about 8 years ago | (#15672059)

...what you pay for.

Its STILL over-priced. (4, Funny)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | about 8 years ago | (#15672084)

So now what is AOL gonna do when one of these free accounts wants to cancel? Offer 6 months of double-secret free service?

How is this good? (1)

abricko (456937) | about 8 years ago | (#15672100)

Does anyone still need AOL, I remember back in 1994(ish) when they were bringing the WWW to the world of AOL users, that was kind of cool, but soon after when Netscape, IE and Mosaic began to improve and people saw there were less expensive dial-up solutions (and eventually DSL / BB) there was no reason for AOL. IM is free and you can run it using many non-AOL based applications. What does AOL offer anymore. I suppose older folks like the integration of one application for web and email, but they'll probably continue to dial-up.
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