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Source: AOL plans discount online service with Netscape name
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Undated-AP -- There's word America Online will introduce a discount version of its dial-up Internet access service early next year.

A person with the company says the new service is expected to cost nine dollars, 95 cents per month for unlimited access. That fee would provide a big break on the 23 dollar, 90-cent price tag that comes with A-O-L's current dial-up service.

The new discount service would carry the Netscape brand name. And company officials with A-O-L believe it will help fend off cut-rate competitors while not siphoning off customers of its regular service.

The source says the plan is targeted at people who want only bare-bones Internet access and are considered unlikely to spend more on higher-end packages.

The plan was first reported in The Wall Street Journal.

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