No trial version of AOL 3.2.1 exists.

I'm not a big fan of the Chatter "Rely on our servers for integrated IM" style services, so I wanted to give the AOL software a try.

I have a netscape account which I use far more frequently than any of my AOL accounts.

Can I log in to AOL 3.2.1 using my netscape ID? If so, do I get access to just IM or do I also get access to email?

Or are there any decent alternatives for IM that do not rely on the servers of the software manufacturer (just AOL servers)?