What did Online Access cost (per hour) in 1995?

The Internet has changed so much in the last 12 years it is almost hard to fathom. When you look at what we pay for high speed Internet access now, it’s almost hard to imagine it ever being another way…but it was…oh boy, it was. In 1995 getting online was done in an almost completely different way, and access to online services were charged for, in most cases, BY THE MINUTE like a long distance phone call.

Here is a breakdown of some of the most popular online services from back then, and what it cost to access them.

aol What did Online Access cost (per hour) in 1995?


America Online
– Back in 1995 this was probably the most popular online access solution. For the $9.95 base fee, you got 5 hours of online access, after that it was $2.95 an hour.

compuserve sm What did Online Access cost (per hour) in 1995?

CompuServe – CompuServe tried a slightly different approach charging $9.95 a month for unlimited access to over 100 basic services. Access to forums and other extended services cost extra, however. To access those forums you would have to pay $4.90 per hour, which was billed in one minute increments.

genie What did Online Access cost (per hour) in 1995?

GEnie – Probably the most expensive online service available back then, GEnie cost $8.95 a month for 4 hours of non-prime time access (that’s before 8:00 am and after 6:00 pm, plus weekends and holidays). It was $3 an hour after that. There was also a surcharge if you wanted to go online during prime time hours.

prodigy advertisement What did Online Access cost (per hour) in 1995?
Prodigy – Prodigy was priced exactly like America Online. $9.95 a month for 5 hours of basic access, then $2.95 an hour after that.

So next time you’re complaining about the $50 a month or so you spend for online access, think about the fact that in 1995 that same constant connection would have cost you around $2100 a month…and it was dial-up!


Comments

  1. I remember using both AOL and Compuserve…the not so good old days! But…without it, i would never have met my wife.

  2. I used Compuserve until about 2 years ago.

  3. I was very luck that I did a lot of work with Compuserve from 1994 through to around 997 with a direct link through to them with a free account.

    That got me started with online services and since then never looked back, but I do look back on Compuserve with a kindof fondness

  4. Paul Long says:

    I remember paying hundreds of dollars per month for CompuServer access in the early 90′s.

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