Earthlink costs about $22 per month. For that, I get several e‑mail addresses that I actually use, pretty effective spam blocking that I actually use, and nationwide local access dial-up numbers that I almost never use. Problem is, I get those same services “free” with other stuff now. My domain hostingcompany gives me e‑mail, and the Mac OS gives me spam filtering.
I’m happy to give up the e‑mail addresses and the spam-blocking. Amusingly enough, the part I worry about ditching is the nationwide local access. What if we’re on vacation and we need a local number? What if we’re on a business trip and want to check e‑mail? I think Tiffany’s actually used this once or twice while we were on vacation in Florida. But she says she can probably get along without it, and so many hotels now offer Internet access in the room anyway.
It has been a good run, I think I’ve been an Earthlink member for at least five or six years now. That’s a long time on the Internet. Will I regret it? Maybe. But change is good.