MSN Adds 400,000 New Subscribers Since June

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s Internet service MSN said Tuesday that its total subscribers have grown to 6.9 million from 6.5 million in June, boosted by its campaign to lure away subscribers from rivals such as AOL Time Warner Inc.

Almost 80 percent of new customers have switched from other ISPs, and nearly half of these new customers have switched from AOL, said Bob Visse, director of MSN, in a phone interview.

In recent months, MSN has made it one of its primary missions to take away market share from No. 1 Internet service provider AOL, which has about 31 million subscribers. MSN extended its special Internet service offer to new customers as part of its $50 million campaign it started in late May following AOL's move to raise the price of its Internet service to $23.90 from $21.95.

[Correction] OFFICIAL-MSN adds 400,000 new subscribers since June," please read headline instead as "OFFICIAL-MSN adds 400,000 new subscribers since July" (company corrects month), or as reported by Reuters, April.

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