MSN Premium Still Charging For Features Available Free Elsewhere
21 broadband 'features' free through Live or in Windows...
Millions of customers are still paying Microsoft $120 per year for MSN Premium, when the majority of the features it offers can already be had for free. MSN Premium is frequently bundled in as an "added perk"
by ISPs such as Verizon, Bell Sympatico and Qwest, but is also available as a standalone broadband subscription service. About 8.2 million people use the service, which offers parental controls, a firewall, pop-up protection, anti-virus, and additional other features
Except as Windows Secrets
points out, all of the 21 features of MSN Premium can be had for free either through Microsoft Live, or from within Windows (and that's assuming you even want to stick with Microsoft products). Obviously Microsoft isn't doing much to inform customers that free alternatives are now available:
In May 2007, as described in a Microsoft statement, the Redmond company forcibly migrated all MSN Hotmail customers to the newer Windows Live Hotmail. This would have been the ideal time for the company to inform MSN Premium's paying customers that Microsoft was offering basically the same service for free. To my knowledge, no such announcement has ever been made. On the contrary, when I recently signed up to pay $10 a month for MSN Premium as a test, I received no alerts or e-mails informing me that a newer, no-cost option was available.
AOL, which transitioned from dial-up ISP to ad-driven portal (with a sloppy stint as a broadband reseller in between) decided to make their BYOB (bring your own broadband) service free in 2006. MSN Premium isn't much of an "added perk"
for ISPs to be promoting, and it certainly isn't worth paying $9.95 per month for.
Re: I feel like.....
said by Transmaster:Please tell me you're kidding. MS normally barters a FAR better Security suite from CA for free for preferred MS customers.
an AOL junkie. Yes I have MSN Premium, and the main reason why I have it is for the McAfee security software.
other then that I just don't use any of the services. Firefox is my default browser and iGoogle is my home page. I feel so, so, guilty MSN is like dope........
I'd rather surf naked than use a Virus like McAffe!
| |JeffreyConnoisseur of leisurely thingsPremiumReviews:
Re: Hardly surprising I've been trying to get my girlfriend off MSN, but she doesn't want to. Partly because her brother pays the bill and has for as long as she can remember, so it doesn't hit her pocket directly, and thus no responsibility.
It's what she's used to, but it's not my cup of tea. Especially @ $120/yr. I've offered to give her a choice of whatever name she wants at my domain, IMAP/POP, but wants to stick with MSN.
Edit: left out a word.
And so castles made of sand, slip into the sea, eventually.
I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
Duh - MS is in business - to make money!!
Obviously Microsoft isn't doing much to inform customers that free alternatives are now availableAnd why should they? They are in business to make money. Let BBR and others point out the alternatives.
| |cdruGo ColtsPremium,MVM
Fort Wayne, IN
said by ctggzg:Psst. That is typically what "free" means.
Only "free" in the strict sense that you don't pay them money directly.
| |said by wruckman:MS gives you ANYTHING you want for free...............if you don't waste your time sitting around in you parents garage whining about 'EVIL' Microsoft is while trying to figure out how to use your worthless iPhone.
Microsoft gives nothing for free.
I have over $100,000 in software MS has given me............ mostly for not joining in with all you proverbial whiners.
| |r81984Fair and BalancedPremiumReviews:
said by wruckman:Correction, I had a temp email and college dorm address sold to third party. Nothing else was real.
And you just had your information sold to third parties as well. Cost you nothing? Everything has a cost. You have to look beyond your simplistic understanding of currency.
Simplistic understanding of currency???
My In-Laws still pay for AOL That's right, not only do they insisit on using AOL, they still pay for it even though they have a HSI connection. I keep telling them over and over to dump AOL, or at least stop paying for it!
Yet their continue to bitch about how much they're paying each month for internet access.
So it's not MSN's fault, it's the end user.
This Space for Rent...
| |PeteC2Got Mouse?Premium,MVMReviews:
I think that there is more to this than just "greed" ...although there is that aspect as well!
Part of this has been an ongoing issue for as long as on-line services have been around, and that is the "money" end of it.
For example, back years ago, I actually paid to "own" a copy of Netscape...only to find out that I could have downloaded the exact same version, for free! Believe me, I was major hacked of at the time! Of course, now, nobody pays for a browser, right? Well sports fans, it was not always that way. And oh, BTW, Microsoft is the reason that browsers are now free...so b_tch at them as you will, but that's a fact.
The same things apply to on-line services. At one time, AOL was just another separate on-line service (not Internet based), like Compu Serve used to be. Used to pay for access literally by the minute! As the Internet developed into a publicly accessible entity, of course all that changed. All kinds of "players" came and went, all kinds of pricing schemes and levels of "service" did as well! In fact, plain and simple, the real "death" of AOL was the ascension of broadband...otherwise, they would be still raking in $21.95 a month from millions upon millions of subscribers!
As the technology changes, and the business model changes as well, there never is universal "instantaneous" change, it takes awhile for old stuff to "wind down" and new paradigms to emerge...the trick is to be observant, and flexible enough to see the new (often less expensive), changes as they come about. Along that line, I too have an old friend who it took both me and his daughter many months to quit paying for AOL dial up when he is now paying no more for basic DSL service...
...something is happening here but you don't know what it is...do you, Mr. Jones?
I'll top that. Apple still wants $700 to install 4GB of memory in a new MacBook Pro, even though it's $119 on Crucial.
In other news, companies make money because people don't research what they're buying. Film at 11.
Re: I'll top that.
said by claco:I've noticed that as well. I think their claim is that they have better heatsinks... whatever. Still the best racket I've seen.
Apple still wants $700 to install 4GB of memory in a new MacBook Pro, even though it's $119 on Crucial.
MSN Premium features are not free I don't know how they can compare windows defender to webroot spysweeper, mcafee firewall to windows firewall, and windows live scan to mcafee antivirus. If you relied on windows live for security, you would easily get viruses and spyware installed. Windows live academic search is not equal to encarta and windows live picture gallery does not have many common functions digital imaging 2006 has.
MSN premium is a lot better than the "free" offerings. You get no ads in your email, no ads on your spaces, and no ads in msn messenger. You do get a great browswer in MSN premium, with lots of services and software integrated, a and you do get a lot of security software that protects the pc, not just the web browser. You also gets a favorites folder that synchronizes, so whatever pc you use, you always have the same favorites. Yes, MSN premium runs slow and consumes lots of resouces, but windows live whatever doesn't compare to what MSN Premium offers.