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    After two years of bulking up its online service with ever louder bells and whistles, America Online is bowing to Internet consumers who have more minimalist tastes.

    On Wednesday AOL launched its anticipated Netscape discount Internet service in a move to attract people who want nothing more than access. As previously reported, Netscape will charge $9.95 a month for unlimited dial-up access and a few additional perks, such as an e-mail account, a Google search bar and links to Netscape's home page, all packaged on a persistent toolbar that resides on a Web browser.

    In the past, AOL executives have shied away from taking a bold step toward offering a discount Internet service. That's because most of AOL's users have been willing to pay $23.90 a month for its standard dial-up service and the many features associated with it, such as instant messaging.

    But for two years, AOL's hold on Internet users has loosened, largely as the result of people upgrading to faster broadband connections such as cable or DSL (digital subscriber line), or jumping to cheaper dial-up alternatives such as United Online's NetZero. AOL no longer envisions itself as a broadband access provider, opting instead to sell a flashier version of its service to broadband customers for $14.95 a month, on top of whatever they're paying for their high-speed connection.

    The launch of Netscape, a brand once associated with its Web browser legacy, does not mark the first time AOL has experimented with a discount ISP. AOL has offered discount versions of its CompuServe service as a way to keep subscribers from quitting. The CompuServe product cost $9.95 a month, but its usage was capped at 20 hours. AOL still runs an ISP with Wal-Mart Stores that costs $9.94 a month.

    AOL is not the only Web giant that is launching new versions of its service. Also on Wednesday, Microsoft launched MSN Premium, a version of its online service that it hopes to sell to broadband users.
    http://news.com.com/2100-1038_3-5137...l?tag=nefd_top


    Aol is just trying to take over Netzero customers through Netscape.

  2. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    I think if AOL want to be a winner, is to lose there software & use IE or Netscape like most of the other ISP out there. Since there software is so Naf & casue Hangs & crash, it really puts you of from going with them ( The guy who made that mistake & stuck with em for 10 months more )

    But i have recently found out a way in using the ISP without the damned software, so u can get a connection with AOL 8 software, also the agent on the aol fourm said there wouldn't be a charge for not using there software .

    All you do is go on the green arrows in the bottom right tray, double click. Then go to connect, add ya username & pass, Press connect & you are on


    Beats AOL Software.

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    man, every time i get an aol disc in the mail i use it....
    to put my drinks on keep em from sweating all over my pc desk

    went into BK the other day for a sandwich and saw an aol display
    took as many discs as i could sneak just to trash em
    so at least a few less poeple will ruin their pc's

    i mean, wtf? is with these guys?
    charging for BB access on top of what you already pay for it?
    ~$25 bucks for dial-up?
    no thanks man, i'll shell out an extra $20 a month for better service,
    faster service, always on service, etc.
    and with RR you dont have to install anything, just set your homepage in IE
    sweet B)
    I am just a worthless liar. I am just an imbecile.
    I will only complicate you. Trust in me and fall as well.
    I will find a center in you. I will chew it up and leave.
    I will work to elevate you just enough to bring you down.

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    Send AOL discs here.

    They say their gonna go dump them outside AOL's headquarters when they get like a million

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    Originally posted by Mad Cat@8 January 2004 - 10:18
    Send AOL discs here.

    They say their gonna go dump them outside AOL's headquarters when they get like a million


    too f'n funny
    great idea

    but.......hey, what am i gonna set my drinks on?
    I am just a worthless liar. I am just an imbecile.
    I will only complicate you. Trust in me and fall as well.
    I will find a center in you. I will chew it up and leave.
    I will work to elevate you just enough to bring you down.

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