Effective February 28, 2002, home Unimatic/Apollo access will be discontinued from the CompuServe service provider. Instead, you will need to purchase an America Online account in order to access Unimatic/Apollo from home.
To say that this is a poor idea would be the understatement of the year, in our opinion. Considering that CompuServe 2000, a similar product to mother AOL, was a terrible program for a variety of reasons, I can only imagine the problems that will be caused by forcing everyone to switch to that parasitic, ad-happy America Online service.
Forcing flight attendants to switch to AOL, in addition to generating a host of usability problems, raises all sorts of questions like:
I don't have any answers right now. I just simply received this announcement from CompuServe like everyone else did---having to sign on to CompuServe and see the following corporate-fluff message displayed: (we've dimmed the useless corporate BS-words in gray)
For some time, United Airlines has worked with CompuServe to provide United's Crews with online access to the Employee Channel and Unimatic/Apollo. As you have probably already seen in messages from United, we are pleased to announce a new partnership that will allow this same convenient service exclusively on America Online, the world's leading interactive service.
With this new relationship, you will get the popular and valuable online features of AOL 7.0, plus easy access to your flight schedules -- all on the same great service! AOL software kits are in the mail to help you get started.
You can access United's Employee Channel and Unimatic/Apollo on AOL right now at Keyword: UAL Crew. For your convenience, this channel will also remain on your existing CompuServe account until February 28, 2002. If you no longer need your CompuServe account, you can cancel it by calling 1-877-340-1014.
More information about this exciting change will be made available early in January, so check back for the latest news.
We are pleased to welcome you to America Online. If you have any questions about signing on, please call AOL toll-free from the U.S. at 1-877-340-1014. Outside the U.S. call 1-703-476-0514. Remember to look for your special United/AOL software kit in the mail and sign-up soon!
As more information becomes available, you can be sure I'll post it here.