Writing on Google Plus, Alex Lee mentions a story of a woman in Arizona who has been paying for "email" for almost a decade -- even though it's been available free for years and free for all AOL users since 2006. It seems that this woman is not alone: according to a year-old “New Yorker” article by Ken Auletta, more than 75% of the dial-up users of AOL’s 3.5 million subscribers are paying for something that is available to everyone free of charge.
Of course, AOL isn't about to tell them as there's millions of dollars to be made from these unnecessary "subscriptions." AOL’s more than 3.5 million dial-up subscribers generated $191 million in revenue last quarter, money that didn't need to be paid.
You can read more at http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/04/aol-mail/
The above article is especially unique as Techcrunch is owned by AOL. Here is an article pubished by a subsidiary that exposes the questionable practices of its own parent company. I bet that's embarrassing to a few senior managers at AOL.
"AOL Mail is a web-based product that is free to all users regardless of their paid relationship with us,” according to an AOL spokesperson.
Do you use AOL email? Are you paying for it? If so, why? It is available to you free of charge.
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