Parsing AOL Cancel Semantics

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They say…

“Okay, I’m canceling billing on your account as of today.”

They mean…

The billing has been cancelled, not the account, which is still yours and active. Which means you’re still ours.

They say….

“First, your free service is active. This new service, which takes effect immediately, includes…”

They mean…

Just so you know, you’re tacitly agreeing to this “service.”

This is the same as local newspapers giving away free subscriptions to boost circulation numbers. Except in that case, they need your okay to start delivery, whereas in this, they’re just tricking you into staying on the roster.

Previously: AOL’s Guide To Just A Super Fun World-Class MRM Call