AOL Still Makes $500 Million a Year on Dial-Up Internet

What's Hot


The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

How a Mexican Tariff Will Boost the Cost of 6 Common PurchasesFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

How to Protect Yourself From the ‘Can You Hear Me?’ Phone ScamFamily

Report: Walmart to Begin Selling CarsCars

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

Is Your TV Tracking You? Here’s How to Tell — and Prevent ItAround The House

11 Staging Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar When Selling Your HomeAround The House

8 Tuition-Free U.S. CollegesCollege

4 Car Insurers That Might Raise Rates Even When the Accident Wasn’t Your FaultCars

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last LongerAround The House

Trump Scraps FHA Rate Cut — What Does It Mean for You?Borrow

How to Invest If Trump Kills the ‘Fiduciary Rule’Grow

12 Surprising Ways to Wreck Your Credit ScoreBorrow

10 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your BudgetFamily

Despite more than a decade of faster and sometimes free alternatives, dial-up still makes a lot of money.

Remember the days of 56K modems – when every time you connected to the Internet you had to listen to those screeching sounds even if you had the volume down? When you had to kick the kids offline to use the phone?

Those days aren’t over for some people, apparently. A lot of people. According to an article from Business Insider, America Online’s “dial-up subscription business–the business that powered AOL to astounding global success in the 1990s–still accounts for the vast majority of AOL’s profits.”

That comes from AOL’s own reported numbers for the fourth quarter of last year, which also show that the company’s revenue has grown for the first time in eight years.

That growth is coming from global advertising, not dial-up (which is shrinking, although slowly). But it’s kind of astounding that dial-up can still be that profitable in the era of far-faster cable connections and free Wi-Fi. Especially considering AOL used to shovel out those infinite free-trial CDs like candy.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 25 Ways to Spend Less on Food

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,884 more deals!