Usually, it doesn't include the cost of a line. If you already have a line, you won't have to get one. If you don't...wow it starts getting expensive. DSL in my area, once you have bought the line, accessories, and connection, will run a total of about $63. And all this is for a 768Kb line.
Oh yeah, and AOL is a totally unecessary service. You can replace it with a favorites folder, a messaging client (like MSN or AOL instant messenger), and the numerous free popup blockers scattered all over the internet.
I had MSN DSL for about two months and got rid of it. I had to use the MSN 8 software to access the internet, as it wouldn't let me use other browsers. It also wouldn't connect unless I had both 1st and 3rd party cookies open. You have to have an ISP that is contracted with your DSL (Quest) service. It is $40 a month here, the same as cable. If you download allot I'd go with cable as its three times faster the DSL. There is also allot of disconnect problems that I experienced with DSL. It looks like MSN, AOL, and Earthlink offer DSL here, BUT you have to run their software
Watch the fine print with the "deals" as they will try to hook you in a 1 year contract and then after 5 months or the first year the $29.95 goes up to $39.95. Usually the modem is sent out to you free (MSN DSL) but if you cancel before the year contract is up you'll have to pay the for modem which is about $100.00. Of course you can buy your own modem.
well what can i say to disturb you a little more mate.
I got a phonecall from a ladie friend up in the hill's saying AOL just rang her and said as she was the highest net user in the area they were ringing her 1st to offer the new DSL rollout in there area. they offerd her free upgrade, told her to scrap the 2nd phone line as it's no longer needed, & it wont cost any more for 10 times the net speed that way. (it's actually true, free activation, modem)
she accepted, but i dont blame her, just cant get the free activation at the mo, after my shock at the thought of AOL on DSL connection i wept
i pray they bring out the new connection method (normal dial up box) soon.
agree. AOL sucks. The last thing anyone should want to do is load the crap software on your computer. If you do you'll be coming back to NTFS asking how to get rid of the it on your PC.
- A couple years ago I got AOL free for a year after buying my first PC through Gateway. After the year was up I called AOL "twice" to confirm that I didn't want to continue with them so they wouldn't start charging me. 6 months later...... I'm looking at my end of the month statement from my bank (which I normally don't) and I see AOL had been decucting $21 out of my account for 6 months, and the pisser was they said they could only reimburse me for three months because of there policy!
I used to do tech support for MSN, and they're equally bad. Dialup is bad in general. It's just that soooooo many things can go wrong with it. Well, with Windows 95/98/Me anyway. I almost never got calls from Win2k/XP users.
Basically, it's the choice between two monopolies for me -- either Verizon or Comcast. One of the reasons I went with DSL was that I could install it myself, and there was installation fee. I got the first month for ~$30, but the usual price is ~$35. Since it's Verizon it is right on my phone bill and I can pay both at once.
MSN software came with the CD they mailed me, I told it not to install that. All you really need to do is set your home page to your ISP's web site, just in case any problems arise you can find answers to your questions. You don't need any sort of service like AOL or MSN.