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Old 08-02-04, 02:10 PM
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Using AOL without loading AOL software?

I am going to be on vacation in a few weeks and my ISP does not offer toll-free dial in access. Is there a way to use the AOL free trial without loading all the crap that comes on the CD? Can I just get a user name and password and find out the local access number?

I'd search, but AOL is too short.
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Old 08-02-04, 03:22 PM
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I don't think aol uses the normal windows dial up networking to connect, so although you can use any browser I think you have to at least use their crapware to connect
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Old 08-02-04, 03:38 PM
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Sort of on the same topic, what ever happened to that supposed upcoming lite version of AOL? I had read something about them offering the same dialup access without all the clutter of their software, at a reduced price.
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Old 08-02-04, 04:07 PM
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Thanks mikehunt.

Is there another ISP out there with Nationwide (or at least toll free) dial up numbers with a free trial? I'll look around at the other well-known ones (Earthlink, NetZero, etc).
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Re: Using AOL without loading AOL software?

Originally posted by PeMo
I am going to be on vacation in a few weeks and my ISP does not offer toll-free dial in access. Is there a way to use the AOL free trial without loading all the crap that comes on the CD? Can I just get a user name and password and find out the local access number?

I'd search, but AOL is too short.
What ISP are you using now?
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Old 08-02-04, 07:01 PM
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Im pretty sure Ive heard people say that if you call AOL tech support.. they will give you the information to setup your own connection in DUN
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Old 08-02-04, 10:25 PM
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What ISP are you using now?
A local company - visi.com. They offer a 800# for dial up, but they charge by the minute for access.

I'll give that a shot twikoff. Thanks.
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