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1.5 million folks nonetheless pay for service — however not for dial-up web – EAST AUTO NEWS

1.5 million folks nonetheless pay for service — however not for dial-up web


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Amid the hodgepodge of Verizon Media belongings that Apollo World Administration is shopping for from Verizon — Yahoo Finance, TechCrunch, promoting expertise, Yahoo Fantasy — there’s one money circulate stream that won’t die: AOL.

The famed web firm that after purchased Time Warner for $182 billion and used to make billions of {dollars} yearly promoting dial-up modem entry, nonetheless has a month-to-month subscription service referred to as AOL Benefit.

In 2015, 2.1 million folks had been nonetheless utilizing AOL’s dial-up service. That income stream has dried up. The variety of dial-up customers is now “within the low hundreds,” in response to an individual aware of the matter.

However AOL nonetheless has a reasonably profitable base of consumers who pay for technical help and identification theft companies every month. There are about 1.5 million month-to-month clients paying $9.99 or $14.99 per 30 days for AOL Benefit, mentioned one other individual, who requested to not be named as a result of the data is non-public. If common income per person is $10 per 30 days, conservatively, that is $180 million of annual income.

Apollo introduced Monday it is paying $5 billion for 90% of Verizon Media. The non-public fairness agency does not have instant plans to spin off or promote any of the Verizon Media Group belongings, preferring to develop the gathering by way of funding and administration, mentioned the folks. Nonetheless, the long-term plan might contain discovering totally different patrons for the gathering of companies after Apollo makes an attempt so as to add worth to the items, the folks mentioned.

Verizon agreed to pay $4.4 billion for AOL in 2015 and $4.5 billion for Yahoo in 2017.

Whereas AOL has largely light from fashionable tradition, Yahoo nonetheless has about 150 million every day energetic customers and almost 900 million month-to-month energetic customers.

A spokesperson for Apollo declined to remark. A spokesperson for Verizon Media did not instantly reply for remark.

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1.5 million folks nonetheless pay for service — however not for dial-up web – EAST AUTO NEWS
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