AOL to users: Don't defect--here's free stuff

Eyeballing advertising revenue, the Time Warner Internet subsidiary transitions from an ISP to a media company.

Is free the new moneymaker for AOL?

As expected , the Time Warner Internet unit said Wednesday that it will offer for free e-mail and other services in an attempt to stem the tide of subscription cancellations from people who got sick of paying for what other companies offer gratis.

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AOL gets freer, chases profits
Time Warner President Jeff Bewkes talked during a morning conference call on Aug. 2, 2006. His aim: allow subscribers to stay with AOL even when they go to broadband.

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"This will remove the biggest barrier to our members staying with AOL as they migrate to broadband," Time Warner President

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