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3 million lost souls still trapped in AOL dial-up hell


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AOL Dial Up

Thankfully, most Internet users haven’t been forced to hear the words “Wel-come! You’ve got mail!” when they log onto the Web for at least a decade now. But Dan Fromer at SplatF has combed through AOL’s (AOL) second-quarter earnings report and found that AOL still provides dial-up service to roughly 3 million subscribers. Granted, that number is a big drop from AOL’s halcyon days when it counted more than 25 million subscribers and was sending around soon-to-be-coasterized AOL installation CDs with reckless abandon. But even so, who exactly is still stuck on AOL dial up these days, and can we organize a satellite service rescue charity to help these poor suckers out?


Image source: Flickr user Gilgongo



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I got it for free for about 4 years thanks to those CDs. Remember all the .wav files? I think I still have some of them on disk.

You could have replaced the “Wel-come! You’ve got mail!”.WAV with a file of your own, at least on the Floppy Version, I do know.


Imagine replacing the AOL wav files on the 'normal AOL user' system! :?: :?: :?:



ADDED: for those of you who need a copy of the original, or just want to relive your youth:



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wow...I still remember picking aol over compuserve and prodigy...way back in 94 o_O


must be a bunch of farmers and ranchers with no other choice

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