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THOUGHT: Why should I pay AOL $19.95 for a Pocket PC client?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 29.04.04 - 14:29:38 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 7266x
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Okay, maybe I've missed something (and in addition I have to admit I'm not a big fan of AOL anyhow since I believe into the Internet and not some propriety services) but why the heck should I pay AOL 19 US$ for a Pocket PC client? Only to get my AOL Mails sent & received, my AOL Instant Messenger to "send & receive" IMs, my AOL Address Book to access my AOL address book from my handheld, my E-Mails automatically downloaded and to send mails then signing off with one single tap?

Well, all these features are handled by my Pocket PC anyway, thanks to Pocket Outlook, Inbox, MSN Messenger, Pocket Internet Explorer - without paying an additional Cent!

Yesterday, AOL released their latest Pocket PC client - now Pocket PC 2003 compatible - which is available from Handango but instead of giving it away for free (like their Desktop version which includes 400 hours for free) I have to pay for a mobile version to access my services I've paid for through my AOL plan anyway? So why should I use AOL, why should I buy their client and why shouldn't I use my original Pocket PC applications instead using the "real" Internet? Any AOL users here who can explain? I still don't get it...

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Someone on 29.04.04 - 15:55:53

I can't attest to the e-mail portion for that AOL product but I can for the AIM portion.  It basically comes down to this:

Many people don't like MSN messenger.  AIM has a much larger base of people using it and is more popular, at least in North America. 

Although you can download the AIM client free from T-Mobile, so then again I'm not exactly sure what you would be paying $19 for other than e-mail?

Posted by farnold on 29.04.04 - 23:10:36

Hm, maybe easy to answer and has got nothing to do with any logic... AOL Time Warner is Time Warner again and the AOL part is up for sales (not on eBay though smile )... you would rather sell products than give them away for free if you like to make a bride more attractive...

Posted by Matt on 30.04.04 - 06:01:27

Hi "Someone".  What's the URL to download AIM Messenger for PPC on T-Mobile site?  I can't seem to find it.

Posted by ms mobiles on 30.04.04 - 08:20:35

why? because AOL rocks. One needs to use it to understand it.

Posted by Michael on 30.04.04 - 09:04:43

Why don't you just download the FREE version from the UK site ? - It has been free for more than a year in the UK, in the US you pay.



Posted by Edmund Sackbauer on 01.05.04 - 23:20:14


on UK site is the old version, not the WM2003 Version.

Posted by Siliconaddict on 19.05.04 - 14:38:11

Old version? Dunno, but it works perfectly on WM2003!

Posted by Alex on 30.06.04 - 20:33:57

"Old version? Dunno, but it works perfectly on WM2003!"

It works just fine on WM2003SE too.  I use it all the time.

Posted by Melissa on 09.08.04 - 23:11:55

Has anyone here had any problems receiving messages through AIM for Pocket PC? I'm running the UK version on WM2003 on a Dell Axim x30.

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