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AOL BYOA Price Increase/Who Would Pay?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Wino, Jan 18, 2002.

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  1. Wino

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    Just got the following from a ZDnet email:

    "America Online said Wednesday that it plans to raise the monthly subscription fee for people accessing its features using a different Internet service provider.
    AOL in October 2001 increased the monthly fee for the service, called "Bring Your Own Access" (BYOA), by 50 percent to $14.95. But it allowed existing members to continue paying $9.95 a month. Now AOL is preparing to charge all BYOA members $14.95 a month for the service."

    I'm just curious who would be foolish enough to pay AOL for any type access if they had another ISP to use. I can't remember AOL having anything worth $9.95, much less $14.95 or $24.95 (I always considered AOL site worse than Porn Popups).

    Apparently, there are 1 million of their 33 million subscribers that do pay for BYOA - Whoa, that's scary!
    :D
     
  2. hewee

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    Wino,

    A lot of dumb people out the there.:D

    AOLHELL

    So easy to use no wonder it's number one.:eek:

    Tell a lie over and over and over and look at the people that think it true.:eek:
     
  3. littlemar

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    My mother-in-law, and sister-in-law use AOL and I told them they were nuts but ......

    Then when they have a problem guess who they call????:rolleyes:
     
  4. deuce

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    Yeah that is scary. :eek: You're just stupid if you got that. (ever heard of AIM???--it's free :rolleyes: ) Ok... AOL was practical back in like 94 when the only good ISPs were Compuserve, AOL and Prodigy. Now they are such a load of crap I can't believe it. We only had it for a breif period. In 98 we got fed up with Compuserve so we switched to AOL and then a few months later USWest (as they were called then) came to save the day by offering 256Kbps DSL and we grabbed that up quick.
     
  5. hewee

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    My sister had AOL for a very long time and she could not understand what was so bad about it. I was telling her all the time to get a real ISP.

    Will when she got a new Gateway PC she got I think 6 free months with MSN a deal to get more months at like $14.00 amonth.

    Was happy to have Netscape and not Aolhell.

    Then one day after a year or so she could not connect. She called Gatway and was told to get the update from them. I was there and it was a big download. It installed and see got online and AOL open up.
    That was the update she got. A change from MSN to AOL tru the money she was paying to have Gateway as her ISP. That lasted one day and she went looking for an ISP. Has Earthlink roght now.
     
  6. deuce

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    Even that isn't a real ISP... but much better than America On Drugs.


    So hewee... when does the 56Mbps get hooked up?
     
  7. hewee

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    deuce_mn,

    Yea Earthlink forgot what made them so good and great.

    They are not what they used to be.

    It will take about two years they said before everyone can have the new faster cable system in there homes.
    Plus where I live in may be even longer.:(
     
  8. Wino

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    I've used Earthlink as main ISP for last couple of years - have watched as they've become more AOLish with each change. Have raised heck with them thru email for not allowing elimination of clutter on homepage and jumping on the price increase bandwagon (I felt better - they didn't really give a s***!). May just start using blank as homepage.

    The one thing they have going for them currently is Spaminator from BrightMail. I get an average of 10 spam a day and Spaminator prevents 98% from reaching my email box. It also has prevented some of the anonymously sent, random virus from reaching mailbox, ie. happy99, Snow White & HaHaHa, etc. I returned from a five day trip recently and it had blocked 125 emails, all of which were junk (you can view titles of blocked on Spam site to be sure no error made in blocking a legit mail).

    Wino:D
     
  9. hewee

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    Wino,

    Yea Earthlink is not what they used to be.
    I had them for 3 months and cancel. Two months were free for signing up at Fry's and I even got spam and to top it off I never used the email and no one ever had the email address. Got spam from Earthlink even on DSL and so on. I did sign up to get any email from them either so yes it was spam from Earthlink.

    It was slower the Pacbell so that was why droped them.
    I hated the homepage also. I edit all I could from the homepage but there was way to much that you could not edit out. I don't need a homepage that is filled with ads and junk and take a looong time to load.
    My homepage is one I made and it loads very very fast. Plus it nice having your own homepage because you pick what you want. You can be offline and open up Netscape, I.E. and it just opens because it does not need to be online to get anything so you never get the error box loading the page.

    So why don't you just make your own homepage.
    You can get fancy or have one with just a handfull of the links you go to all the time.

    Now the Spaminator from BrightMail at Earthlink did not stop any of the spam I got.
    Pacbell does not do anything about spam. I got the Snow White twice in one week and there were 3 eamil each time. Guess where they came from. Yea Pacbell email server.

    Now there is MailWasher
    http://www.mailwasher.net/#

    Plus http://mail2web.com/ that you can only check delete, delete attachments and sent email. But you can use them from any where to get to you ISP email.
     
  10. deuce

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    Oh yeah... I haven't gotten any of those virus emails or spams... :D



    I get alot of junk email though, but never spam or viruses. (just emails from companies that have my email for legit reasons but have resently been sending ads for stuff)
     
  11. hewee

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    Most all spam can be stop by your ISP but most don't do a damn thing about it. They make Pink slip contracts with spammer even.
    Then try to say they are fighting spam and maybe give you Spaminator or something like it to help to keep you from getting mad for all the spam they don't stop.
     
  12. Wino

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    hewee,

    I will have to say the Earthlink Spaminator works very well. As I said earlier, gets about 98%, very few slip through. Maybe 4-5 out of a hundred or so in seven days - that ain't too bad!

    Wino
     
  13. hewee

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    Wino,

    That is great then.
    Like I said the spam I got was from Earthlink and there were some other spam but it all came into my inbox so nothing was stoped.

    I email Pacbell about the Spaminator from BrightMail http://BrightMail.com/ but hey they don't care.
     
  14. deuce

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    Maybe because my ISP is abunch of local boys who know all their customers anyway and that is why they do such a good job stoping all spam... :D (the ONLY advantage to moving to Hicksville, U.S.A.)
     
  15. hewee

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    deuce_mn,

    You know your right.
    Some times it's the small guys that are the best.
     
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