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Should I Get AOL High Speed

Discussion in 'Computer Talk' started by Cube4, Jul 11, 2006.

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Should I Get AOL High Speed, Please read post before voting.

Poll closed Jul 26, 2006.
  1. yes

    11.1%
  2. no

    88.9%
  1. Cube4

    Cube4 Warlord

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    If you vote no, Please don't do so just becuase its AOL . I Have had AOL and know the problems they have.

    My University has free dial up internet acces to students. about 3 months ago It stopped working for me. I called the helpdesk, and they gave me a new password, but it still didn't work. After a week with out internet access I got so desperate that I decided to use an AOL disk that had a 2 month free trial. A week or two later I got a disk from people pc online and decided to use that instead of AOL. 2 months Later I called to cancel AOL and the guy said that AOL High Speed was Available in my area. I told him that DSL wasn't available in my area, and he said that it was provided by Time warner Cable and that it was 768 KB down and 128 Kb Up. I said I would think about it and he gave me a free month.

    The thing is that my free month is about to expire or probably already did and I Still haven't decided yet. DSL Isn't available in my area, and I think $50 is too much to pay for ROADRUNNER Even if it is 5 MBits. I Recently upgraded my computer, and Decided to format the hard drive, After making backups of course , and reinstall windows XP Pro. I Reinstalled all the software except AOL, and I've forgotten my user name and password and I was wondering if AOL would tell me what it is.

    Also does Any one have AOL high Speed and if so How is it. Could you give me information about it,I tried doing google search on it and found very little. So should I Get It.

    Edit I Forgot to mention that AOL High Speed is Only about $26. It's not the bring your own access plan, their Sister Company Time Warner provides the access, which is basically DSL Speed through a Cable modem.
     
  2. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    I'll admit, I voted no without thinking. Typical. I really need to start thinknig before I act (or in this case, read). Please, feel free to discard my vote.



    Why wasn't I thinking?
     
  3. Tycoon101

    Tycoon101 Loves being STRONG

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    My problem is that high speed AOL is more expensive than my faster, cheaper connection. So I won't vote, but if you find an alternative that has a similar price and seems fine then I would recommend that over AOL service.
     
  4. Cube4

    Cube4 Warlord

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    Similar DSL Claims to be Cheaper, 12-17 Dollars, I've read the Fine print though and it's just a promotional price, after 3 or so months the price goes up to $30.
     
  5. ChrTh

    ChrTh Happy Yule!

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    You can get High-Speed from Time-Warner without having AOL; it's basically a cover sheet stapled to a report. Unless you have kids (which is where I think AOL does its best work), there's no reason to get it along with regular Time-Warner high-speed.
     
  6. Cube4

    Cube4 Warlord

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    I Forgot to mention that AOL High Speed is Only about $26. It's not the bring your own access plan, their Sister Company Time Warner provides the access, which is basically DSL Speed through a Cable modem. Roadrunner is about 50 dollars after taxes and all that. Also AOL High Speed used to Be called Roadrunner lite. I don't plan on using AOL just plan to access the internet using it. Something else that I would like to know is do I have to have their browser open to have internet access, because when I used AOL dial up if I closed their browser I lost the connection.

    Also Here's a link to a review I found on broadband reports.
    Review
     
  7. ChrTh

    ChrTh Happy Yule!

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    If that's the case then they've changed how they handle it (maybe just your area?), so I can't add anything else because it's new and scary. :old:
     
  8. Cube4

    Cube4 Warlord

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    It's not just my area, I think it's most of the U.S. They have partnered with other companies like time warner, sbc, verizon, etc. to provide broadband to their customers.
     
  9. ChrTh

    ChrTh Happy Yule!

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    They do that in my area too, but it's the same price, not cheaper.
     
  10. Sukhoi

    Sukhoi Chieftain

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  11. Red Door

    Red Door Man of Mayhem

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    No, get Verizon Fiber-Optics. We're about to get it in my house, and it is blazing fast.
     
  12. Cube4

    Cube4 Warlord

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    We Only Have Time Warner. :sad:

    Checked also 50 or so Dollars And I might Have to Get Cable, AOL Claims I don't need to Have cable.

    Similar DSL Claims to be Cheaper, 12-17 Dollars, I've read the Fine print though and it's just a promotional price, after 3 or so months the price goes up to $30

    AOL Is just charging the real price from the begining and I respect that. I'm also just planning to use this until SBC decides to get of their fat butt and Installs A DSL Gateway That Covers my Neighborhood. I Have also heard that AOL High Speed = Roadrunner Lite Which is from Time Warner Should I call them. The Problem Is that Time Warner doesn't market this anymore.


    Also I've done some Math And with my 56 K modem I can download 18 MegaBytes an Hour. 768/50(fastest I've ever Connected)= 15(rounded).
    15 * 18 MB/hour = 270 MB/Hour. The Biggest file I've Ever download is the Empire Earth 2 Demo which is About 1-2 Gb and That would take about less than a Day on the connection. I really don't see The Point of having A connection faster Than 2 megabits Thats somewhere Around 500 to 650 Megabytes per hour, But maybe I'm just being Ignorant about the kind of content Available on the internet. I plan to watch streaming videos but If that doesn't load properly there are Firefox Extensions that let you save these to the Hard drive.

    I'm excited About that too, But there Is A Huge Problem With that I Owe Verizon about $400 for roaming which I was never informed About, and Breach of contract. :mischief:
     

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