2.1 Million People are Still Using AOL Dial-Up! Huh?
70% of Americans do connect to the Internet over much faster broadband, but according to new reports, 2.1 million people are still using AOL Dial-Up! WTF! That's crazy!
The average U.S. broadband speed is 11.4 Megabits per second. That's 200 times faster than dial-up's 56 Kilobits per second. Hell, even smartphones are 100 times faster than dial up!
Remember dial-up!? 1995! BBBBEEEEEEEPPPPP-BBBOOOOPPP-DDDDDDDDDOOOOOOOOO, etc...
Remember what it was like waiting for the pictures to load?
You know what's worse, the average AOL dial-up user is paying $20 a month -- a dollar more than last year.
Who would do such a thing? A study from Pew Research says 32% of dial-up users said they couldn't afford to upgrade. Most of the rest said broadband either wasn't available -- or they just didn't care to change.
This news is coming just days after it was announced that Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 million dollars. And, I have to admit, I didn't know why they would want AOL until I realized how "popular" AOL still is!