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Standard User NICK_ADSL_UK
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 04-Nov-11 18:48:12
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Still Using AOL Dialup (!!!)

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EEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRNDguzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzdungahdungahdungahhhhhhh. That sound you hear isn't a 56k modem, it's the sound of my brain collapsing upon itself as I read AOL not only has 3.5 million dialup users, but added 200,000 since last year. How can this be?

It can be because there are still large swaths of our country without broadband—mostly rural areas—and these people don't have any choice. That's why we lag behind much of the developed world when it comes to broadband penetration. The other reason, as Dan Frommer points out, is that many AOL subscribers probably don't realize they're still paying for the service. This must be a slightly (very slightly) reassuring scrap of foundation for AOL to rest its bloodied knees on: secluded farmland and ignorance. So, shhh! Don't tell anyone! [SplatF]

Note: I should clarify my point about added customers. AOL lost 630,000 dialup users overall, but 200,000 new customers still signed up. Which is shocking on its own.

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Standard User XRaySpeX
(knowledge is power) Fri 04-Nov-11 19:21:17
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Re: Still Using AOL Dialup (!!!)

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That's really 3.5 Million BB users who have had to fall back to dial-up, cuz when your BB is down on AOL, as it often is I hear, you can opt to use dial-up instead grin

1999: Freeserve 48K Dial-Up => 2005: Wanadoo 1 Meg BB => 2007: Orange 2 Meg BB => 2008: Orange 8 Meg LLU => 2010: Orange 16 Meg LLU => 2011: Orange 17 Meg Untweaked 19 Meg Tweaked WBC
Standard User normcall
(member) Mon 07-Nov-11 16:58:28
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Re: Still Using AOL Dialup (!!!)

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Yes, AOL still have dial up available for when BB goes down.
The only difficulty is that the line usually goes dead as well.

Only time it hasn't for me is when BT cancelled my telephone line, BB worked for some time afterwards, then I lost everything and had to start all over again. good ol' BT!

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