Wednesday, August 02, 2006

AOL Goes Free

After much speculation, AOL announced today that it would finally bite the bullet, and become a free portal, complete with free AOL email addresses for anyone who wants one. via Techdirt

I was wondering when this would happen... AOL dial-up has long been overpriced. Does this mean people will no longer have trouble cancelling AOL accounts? If you want to hear the audio referred to in the previous link, check out this blog post.

I have heard many times, "I'm paying for AOL because all my family / friends / etc. have my AOL email address." Now you don't have to pay for it! Anyway, if you do have AOL dial-up (my condolences), follow these instruction: call up to cancel and they should offer you $9.95 unlimited dial-up. If you have DSL, follow the instructions two posts down on the link I just mentioned to keep you AOL addresses for free.


  1. dude... anyone still using AOL is nigh to being called an idiot (no offense meant to anyone out there)! i mean... with gmail and a myriad other options, they need to

    1) press the easy button and,

    2) jump on the free email bandwagon.

    hurray for (relatively) free market competition and the freaking internet, yo!

  2. In honesty, I have a difficult time taking computer techs with AOL email addresses seriously, unless they got in real early and actually have a usuable name (say,, but those are very rare.

    I registered my own domain ( and will probably use that domain and Gmail forever. I used to have an AOL account for instant messenger, but I don't remember what it is anymore...