Anyone still paying for AOL?

June 28, 2010 at 06:54:52
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Aol has made millions off of their software for years and is finally getting phased out thank goodness!
AOL was preloaded on millions of PC's with a free trial from 30 days to 1 year after which you paid full price for the service. So the newbies that tried it found it quite easy to navigate and unfortunately that is ALL they knew how to use.

I used a 6 month free trial with my new gateway in 2001 and only used the dial-up as a secondary connection beacuse it was free and I was on DSL.
After the trial I tried removing it which was next to impossible as it was jammed into the registry but I finally got it out.

At that time if you had an aol e-mail address you had to pay to keep it active, I think it was $9.95 a month. So the people that had all their contacts on there were frightened to death to lose it all by dropping AOL. Little do they know they DON'T have to pay to keep their AOL e-mail address anymore...apparently AOL made enough in the past to let people finally keep it at no charge.

What AOL does not tell you, is that if you have a high speed connection on your PC, you DON'T have to pay to use AOL software (except, if you want to keep their so-called tech support, you will still have to pay $9.95 a month)
I serviced many clients who were actually still paying $24.95 a month for their AOL even though they already paid for DSL or Cable high speed.

It makes me chuckle that people were still doing that and to top it all off, had thousands of advertising pop-ups in their face whenever they opened AOL. There are ways to eliminate them, but the ordinary Joe has no clue how to do that.

Just remember, if you still pay for AOL and have high speed, contact AOL and cancel your payments or they will plague you for years to come. You DON'T have to pay for it any more.
They may try giving you offers, etc and will try to drag you out...be PERSISTANT
Drop AOL and learn how to use the internet with regular browsers, it is not as hard as it sounds ;-)
You can export your AOL addresses to other e-mail programs, yahoo, hotmail, etc but I would suggest staying away from e-mail progs with 3rd party software like incredimail, etc.

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#1
June 28, 2010 at 08:09:02

I know a few folks still paying for it, mostly the "internet-unsavvy". If there was one thing AOL was good at (besides being a parasite on peoples credit cards), it was hand-holding people just getting on the net. Even though it makes no real sense, given the tools available, lots of folks just aren't ready to take off the "training-wheels"...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
June 28, 2010 at 11:57:54

Only one friend I know of and he doesn't pay. Don't know how he can stand to look at all that crap...maybe he's just used to it.

"Drop AOL and learn how to use the internet with regular browsers, it is not as hard as it sounds"

I thought that was just plain easy.

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#3
June 28, 2010 at 14:04:32

Still paying for AOL?

Like I would ever have paid for that crap.


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#4
June 28, 2010 at 14:43:43

Some people are stuck on "you hot mail".

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#5
June 28, 2010 at 15:44:51

I am on Carphone Warehouse which bought the uk arm of AOL
And i have had AOL in the past along with a lot of other ISP,s.
But never used their software as it was bloated s**t

You might ask why i ever had it in the first place well it was due to location and download limits here in the uk.


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#6
June 28, 2010 at 17:11:08

The only time I really used AOHell was to be able to get online to shop for and set up on another ISP and then cancel aohell. I did have it for a few months at first. I always minimized their browser an opened IE to avoid their crap. I think I still have 30 or so of those damned mini frisbees they sent out. I used to love those things because for a while they came in a great DVD case. I lived on the second floor of a duplex. I could open my window fling the disc and watch it fly for a great distance. Maybe one day I'll break out the shotgun and make use of the rest of the discs I have.

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#7
August 6, 2010 at 16:17:52

My mom still uses AOL Dial Up. It is SLOWER THAN HELL! A 1 kb connection is on a good day. It will slow it self down to
500 bytes per second after about 3 hours. Their rates also keep going up. It started as $14.95 then went to $19.95 and now it is at $24.95 per month! You can get a decent DSL connection for that price where I live. Also, Linux users don't have the stupid interface of windows users, they are left configuring everything themselves.

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#8
August 6, 2010 at 16:19:20

I forgot to mention, America On Line is no longer in America! According to the support representative in Romania, there is no support in America.

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#9
August 6, 2010 at 23:21:00

Aol support has not been in America for a good while now. One of the magazines I get came with another cd yesterday. The neighbors dog enjoyed the heck out of fetching it.

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#10
August 7, 2010 at 08:02:59

I have a client that still uses AoHell. That's all he knows and he still pays for it (dial-up) and gets a senior discount.
He bought a windows 7 laptop and it would not load up on it. He panicked and called AoHell and they sent him a version that was compatible with windows 7...so I guess they still have support in the USA.

I personally wish they would finally bury that bloatware for good.

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