It's the year 2014, and I think we can safely open our mailboxes without receiving an AOL trial disc. You'd think that would probably means that there wouldn't be much else for the company to do, right? Well, it might surprise you to know that AOL made $143 million off of people still subscribed to AOL's dial-up service.
Who still uses AOL? Fewer and fewer people, as anyone would expect. What AOL does, though, is increases subscription fees to compensate for their shrinking subscriber base. I'm not sure who is still subscribed to AOL, but I suspect that many of their customers simply don't want to go through the trouble of canceling.
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The company claims that another reason for its profitability is because of their content output from sites like The Huffington Post and TechCrunch, but it's hard to believe those claims when the company is actively squeezing cash out of paying subscribers.
The average AOL subscriber pays $2.86 more than they would have paid two years ago. Personally, I'd rather have to throw away the free trial discs.