AOL to spread the word through your letterbox

Wants to eat Freeserve's lunch

The UK's second largest Internet access provider has begun distributing more than five million copies of its latest software as part of a multi-million pound marketing campaign. Gold copies of the final version of AOL's 4.0i for Windows 95 and 98 will be dropping through people's letterboxes in the next three months or so as AOL tries to claw back some of the ground it has lost to the free Net service Freeserve. More than 25,000 AOL members have already downloaded version 4.0i from the company's Web site since mid-December. AOL 4.0i offers a number of new features and enhancements including a spelling checker and the ability to attach multiple files to an e-mail. ®

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