Come on now, let us have a show of hands here. How many of you still have a landline at home simply because grandpa lives there and he has absolutely no need for a mobile phone, as he does not get out of the home unless it is to attend his friend’s funeral? If you have answered in the affirmative, surely you would be able to remember the good old days when a landline meant you could connect to the Internet via a dial up account. Just in case you are wondering, AOL’s dial up Internet service still exists, and surprise, surprise, it remains one of the major money spinners for the company.
In fact, AOL’s dial up service accounts for majority of the company’s profits, and we’re talking about a cool $500 million here. Some folks even think that their existing dial-up business might even grow should AOL decide to offer enough added value, but in this day and age, that would seem all but impossible. What do you think of dial up connections with those noisy modems?