I wondered in passing the other day if you could still log on to AOL. I was pretty sure you couldn’t. Now I’m less sure.
Because in a mind-boggling statistic, it turns out that AOL still has 3.5 million dial-up subscribers. I kid you not when I admit that I didn’t think there were 3.5 million people in A who still use dial-up to go OL.
In another mind-boggling statistic, the average AOL user has been a customer for over 10 years. This makes one wonder how many of those people actually use AOL any longer. I paid for AOL long after I quit using it, because it was an automatic charge on a credit card, and I wasn’t paying enough attention.
Being the inquisitive cat that I am, I did some intensive Google work and found that, yes, AOL is still hawking its dial-up service.
There are a few questionable dishes on the premium menu, but if you have to have dial-up, $10.00 a month for unlimited access is pretty good.
Or you could, you know, move. Or camp out at Starbucks.
And one more thing: AOL actually gained 200,000 new dial-up subscribers last quarter.
Maybe we can get CompuServe back while we’re at it. It has a great Sports Simulations forum back in the day.