AOL Broadband Goes Free

What happens when that booty becomes too shriveled and diseased to shake for cash? Honey, you gotta start giving it away.

Ars Technica has posted a rumor that AOL — hemorrhaging over 850,000 customers per quarter — is going to give free access to its broadband service. Dial-up users will still have to pay, but if you’ve got your own pipe, you can experience all the great content AOL has to offer… for free!

Which is… what, exactly? We here at the Consumerist would never be AOL subscribers, but we’re a bit unclear what AOL offers its current broadband subscribers besides outsourced, branded broadband. If you take the broadband out of the equation, why would you go through AOL, even for free? The great selection of ads they’ll profusely vomit on your desktop?

AOL may offer free Internet access [Ars Technica]

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  1. Papercutninja says:

    I’ve been to my friends houses that still have AOL and it looks like the program is basically spyware at this point. As soon as you install the dumbshit program, it installs a whole bunch of “multimedia” programs with it. By the time you’re finished, your desktop is covered in AOL shortcuts for every one of their stupid programs.

  2. creamsissle says:

    This morning when I launched Internet Explorer, I received a message congratulating me on installing the AOL toolbar. What? I never asked for it and can only assume that it was packaged with a recent AIM update. Speaking of that, the AIM client is becoming more irritating and intrusive with the AIM today popup window that I can’t seem to turn off, not to mention the video ads above the buddy list. No such thing as a free lunch, right?

  3. loudguitars says:

    This might be good for people like my dad, who get DSL but absolutely refuse to give up their AOL email, then end up paying for both because they’re petrified of losing an email address they’ve had for 10 years.

    Although I’m sure that situation applies to half of the remaining AOL subscribers at this point, so I can’t see how this could end up being a profitable move for them.

    And believe me, I’ve tried to point out to him that nobody who’s wanted to get in contact with me hasn’t been able to since I dropped AOL like a bad habit. I love him, but he’s old and not terribly receptive to reason.

  4. Papercutninja says:

    CaptainObvious, get DeadAIM or something similar. It gets rid of all the dumbshit ads. You have to pay like 10 bucks for it, but at least it isnt going to AOL.

  5. Oh, thrilling. It is ten long years of waiting, but I finally get to watch this worthless company take its last gasps.