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Using AIM Screen Name for Free AOL?

by yhd / August 4, 2006 7:40 AM PDT

Has anybody succesfully been able to use their exisiting AIM screen name for the Free AOL service? I have heard you are able to, but I don't know how? Any advice. Thanks!

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I tried without success.
by Cheeto22 / August 4, 2006 8:15 AM PDT

I was logged in with a random SN and was automatically logged out when I tried to sign up for the new, free AOL. And when it came to choosing my SN for the new AOL account it wouldn't let me.

BTW, why the HELL MUST I have an email address to signup for an email address? Seems idiotic of AOL to REQUIRE this.

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(NT) It's already set up
by robstak / August 4, 2006 9:14 AM PDT

just log in at www.aol.com then click mail. you dont need to make an account. you already have one Wink

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Clarifying...
by yhd / August 4, 2006 9:37 AM PDT

So...since I have a AIM screen name I am already signed up? I mean, does my ''@aim.com'' automatically become ''@aol.com''?

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i think AIM...
by robstak / August 4, 2006 10:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Clarifying...

i was able to log in using internet explorer, but when i tried to set up outlook it didnt work. however, i think the server's tubes might have been clogged cuz after that i couldnt send a test email from the website. i was definately able to log in and delete emails. so i think it works. ill have to try it again later. ill let you know.,

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re: i think AIM.....
by yhd / August 4, 2006 2:55 PM PDT
In reply to: i think AIM...

Well I am able to login using my AIM screen name, however I am usiing my AIM screen name to send emails using the @aim.com domain. When I sign up for a @aol.com screen name, it does not give me the option of tranfering my AIM account over.

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(NT) (NT) im no snob but AOL is so pass
by udayan71 / August 4, 2006 11:22 AM PDT
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OK, so I found the answer...
by yhd / August 4, 2006 3:25 PM PDT

SO the answer is no, you can not use your exisiting AIM screen name for the new Free AOL service. I called them up and he said it was not possible to do. Sad....oh well.

P.S First time I called AOL and it wasn't a long, drawn out call. Maybe because they are worried I was recording them...

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but i saw an inbox @aim.com! AND troubleshooting?
by robstak / August 5, 2006 1:38 AM PDT

I def had an inbox. i deleted those default emails, I dont get it? hmmm

either way would you have any idea about outlook settings. i followed the instructions re the port settings, but it keeps asking me to ok my login/pw over and over and over again, then crashes outlook.

Any ideas?

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Problem solved
by robstak / August 5, 2006 2:20 AM PDT

ok. so i could log into the webmail but not send or use outlook, so i logged out -> went to aim.com -> clicked mail -> logged back in (it asks for some info on the right side of the screen). Fill it out and you are good to go. now i can send from webmail and outlook.

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