Even though we’re well past the age of AOL’s ubiquitous free trial CDs, the shrunken ISP giant still manages to coax hundreds of thousands of new customers into its antiquated dial-up service. According to its earnings report, the company added 200,000 new customers while losing 630,000 users in the past year. Shockingly, 3.5 million users still greet the internet with the nostalgic, ear-splitting sound of their landlines connecting to the internet.
AOL’s net subscriber loss is its lowest in recent years. In 2006 and 2007, the company was losing 5 million customers a year.
SplatF reports the average monthly cost for AOL dial-up is $17.50, and speculates that many of the customers probably don’t realize they’re still paying for the service.