AOL Vs. Earthlink High speed
by hpinvent - 6/22/05 10:29 PM
I was on a trial with aol then earthlink but then i liked both of their services.And my trial for earthlink is almost up. So I want some people to help me on my choice. AOL or Earthlink.
by: hpinvent June 22, 2005 10:29 PM PDT
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AOL vs. Earthlink Neither
I know people that are happy with both. I know people who hated both.
You should know this. AOL and Earthlink are both Nanny ISPs. They spend a lot of time trying to take care of you, that includes filtering some ports to prevent YOU from spamming etc. Also using your own email server.
Note: Earthlink no longer advertises that they provide the WHOLE internet anymore, because they don't.
This means you might have problems using an email server outside of their service. I recomend setting up your own domain and email server. It can be done on thousands of webhosts for as little as $5 a month. But what it means it when you do change ISPs your email address doesn't have to change. You are always email@example.com. Godaddy.com can get you the domain for $9 a year and the email account / web page for I think as little as $3-$4 a month for personal use.
Look to ISPs that treat you like an adult, something like Easystreet.com (I don't use them or work for them) I buy my DSL line from Qwest and use a smaller local ISP that gives me great service and I am supporting a little guy.
To who-ever is interested, I can't understand why anyone would use a dial-up that charges so much. AOL is one of the highest and is the worse one that a person would use.It does make changes to your computer and messes it up. There's no way I'd ever use AOL. I'll use nothing but NetZero. You can do the same thing on the internet and pay less than half the price. Wise up people and save your money.
If someone is making a choice between ISPs when all they're aiming for is dial-up service, AOL has to be one of the worst ISPs anyone could possibly chose. My poor unfortunate friend who used to use AOL dial-up a couple years back couldn't even log onto AOL during peak hours because their servers were so jammed during that time. On the other hand, I was using Earthlink dial-up during the same time and never had an problems what-so-ever connecting or anything else for that matter. We have both switched to broadband through a local provider since then, but between the both of us, AOL dial-up is horrible. I will say this though, I don't have any experience with AOL broadband services so I'm not going to comment either way about that.
AOL vs Earthlink
Take it from a pro, you will like earthlink much better. As a technician you will hardly see any problems if any at all vs. AOL. Why? AOL uses its own browser and that conflicts with everything in the machine.
Have a great day
I have used AOL for 6 years now.. I tried a trial service of Earthlink, But did not like it myself.. So I think it is up to the individual person to decide..
My Earthlink Experience
I joined Earthlink in 1997 - first with dialup and later switched to DSL. I always thought they were great until two months ago when I had a problem with my DSL connection. Over a one-month period I spent hours in on-line chats and phone conversations with their service techs (who are in India), with no resolution. They really dropped the ball. Exasperated, I finally cancelled my Earthlink service and got a faster and cheaper (by $10/month) DSL connection through my local phone company (Verizon).
Bottom line: There's a lot to like about Earthlink, but if you need a DSL connection you should consider going with a local service provider. They're better positioned to help if there's a problem.
I have used AOL broadband
As was mentioned before, AOL is quite easy to use.
It does everything for you.
But if you try to do someting else, it will never work.
Let me explain:
1)No games could access the internet through AOL.
2)No other browsers could access the internet through AOL
3)Norton Anti-virus Live Update could not get online.
4)Neither could Windows Update after awhile.
5)AOL costs twice as much as the broadband we have now.
6)AOL's security features did not help us at all.
7)AOL's e-mail only gives you 100 MB of online storage,
while Hotmail give you 250 MB and Gmail will give you 2 gigabytes!
The only good thing about AOL is its filtering. No objectijonable content was on our computer.
Still, now we have Verizon DSL direct from Verizon, not through AOL, and it costs half as much while it is 20% faster.
I have never used Earthlink, though.
Personally, if I was forced to choose only one ISP, I would go with AOL. I've had my AOL account since 1994, so when I decided to go broadband about 4 or 5 years ago I naturally looked to AOL. Unfortunately, DSL was not available to my area via AOL so I signed up with Earthlink (recommended by a friend), but kept my AOL account using their "bring your own access" (BYOA) feature for a reduced fee (Five years ago AOL BYOA was only $9.95 (it's $14.95 now).
I actually like having both providers because I have a "back-up" connection, so to speak; if one is ever "down" I can use the other, which has happened a couple of times...and since both have dial-up options that go along with the broadband account, I can also sign on just about anywhere.
Just my 2 cents. :o)
"Five years ago AOL BYOA was only $9.95 (it's $14.95 now)."
I have cable and AOL BYOA and I pay $9.95 and recently a lot of people got it for $4.95 but you have to get the right tech that knows about this $4.95 special I was told. I tried to get it but the tech's didn't know what I was talking about and I know it's out there because my friend got it and his new credit card bill had the $4.95 price on it and it's the exact same BYOA I have. I was told not all the tech's know about this or somethihg but why it's a secret is beyond me. You should call and see if you can get the $9.95 price in your area. Also I go to keyword opinion and take the surveys and they take a few bucks off my bill.
Have you ever seen those direct TV ads ( would never go withm them since they compete against dial up. but the point is a phrase which the girl uses fits right in here and that phrase is:
"It's a no brainer " Why would anyone still want to use aol boggles my mind. Think I got rid of aol about 10 years ago or something like that
I have had both AOL and Earthlink. Currently I have AOL, and I am quite satisfied with it. I can access anything I want, and I also am enjoying their new AOL Explorer browser.
Also, bottom line, AOL is $25.00 cheaper!
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