Still no 0800 decision – AOL

Couldn't find its AOL with both hands behind its back

AOL UK has confirmed it is still running trials on different price plans and services and that users will have to wait up to eight weeks before any formal decision is made. The online service provider (OSP) was responding to a claim from one Register reader who said he'd received a CD from AOL offering toll-free 0800 access to the Net for £30 a month. "Looks like AOL has started rolling out 0800 access now," said Jad Phillips on The Register bulletin board. "I got an AOL start-up CD for 0800 access in the post yesterday, the only problem is it costs £30 a month." But a spokeswoman for AOL UK confirmed that this was merely part of AOL's ongoing trials to examine different packages and pricing schemes. She said the OSP was looking at half-a-dozen different pricing options in all and that any decision to proceed with a new pricing schemes would be made at the end of the summer. In June AOL denied it was set to offer toll-free access to the Net although it did confirm it was holding trials. Later that month German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that AOL Europe was set to launch a new subscription-free ISP service in the UK and Germany called Netscape Online. ®

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