AOL today said it will offer a free Web-based e-mail service to its users. The company said it will give users a free large e-mail account with 2GB capacity to compete with free webmail offerings from Google, MSN and Yahoo do.
The webmail service will be available as an extension of AOL Instant Messenger.
Paid subscribers for AOL's e-mail service will get unlimited storage space. AOL also said it will allow multiple simultaneous logins for dial-up connections, an offering previously reserved for broadband connections. The change will allow members to log in at the same account from multiple locations at the same time, under a different screen name.