|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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