(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – It might seem like a blast from the past, but dial-up internet used to not only be common, but was also a critical way to access the web. The market leader in online access during the 1990s? Look no further than AOL, formerly known as America Online.
And while many of us have since moved on from the days of buzzing noises and the catchy “You’ve got mail!” phrase, a new earnings report from the company signaled that around three million users were still subscribers of AOL’s dial-up internet service, according to Gizmodo.com.
The latest statistics regarding the company’s service show the company was able to stop a steady decline in dial-up users that had once represented over 25 million during the company’s height.
So why are so many hooked to dial-up? Earlier this year, a report indicated that some users who had switched to cable and other means of online connections were still forking over monthly fees unknowingly to AOL simply to use email from the company. While that could be an issue, others may still be legitimately using the service.
Today the company offers both dial-up and high-speed internet plans through its website, despite having long switched to mostly online search and news-oriented content.