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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1940 posts) 5y

I just installed a brand new desktop with Core 2 Duo processor and speedy everything, but when it comes to my internet connection, I'm still on dialup (with accelerator) for several reasons that we I won't bore you with. Am I the only one, or is this just our independence from the phony advertising schemes?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3377 posts) 5y

Dialup?
What's that?

3. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 5y

I've been off dial-up for about 2 years. Though, there was a period where I had to switch back from "wireless" to dial-up because the corn across the street grew too high. Long story - won't bore you either, but it was a horrible transition.) I'm back to DSL and a happy camper.

I found the "accelerator" to be horrible for a few of reasons...

  • It really didn't "accelerate" my web page connections.
  • Downloads over 2MB were still cut off because my "time limit" for active page changes had expired. (No shit, I was downloading an e-mail file which was also abruptly ended.)
  • I have my own website that has my brother-in-law's photos for sale. (Not promoting!) With the accelerator activated, clicking on the large views of the photos would pixelate them badly. I ended up putting in an "if you are using an accelerator" disclaimer at one point.
  • The acceleration rate never reached the 56K that my provider "promised" but did not fulfill. (When contacted, they told me it was my computer, which was utter BS considering my computer and it's goodies).
  • I could always tell when the local school and businesses (who were also "forced" to use dial-up at the time) logged on because I couldn't get a connection - at all - period. I would have to wait until someone logged off which was a hit or miss proposition.

I may be paying more for my "wireless" but I can download massive e-mails in no time at all, always have a connection and have been able to have our 2 computers (and I've had 3-4 connected to the internet at one time) all working flawlessly. I rue the day that the antenna providing my signal is hit by lightning...

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 5y

My friend in (of all places) London is still on Dial up. I went and saw him awhile back - and it is just so incredibly slow.

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 5y

Quoting Redpaddy

My friend in (of all places) London is still on Dial up. I went and saw him awhile back - and it is just so incredibly slow.

Wow... it's only about £10-12 a month for the cheapest package, or less if he gets it together with a satellite tv package (if he has one). By the way, what do BT charge for dialup?

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1940 posts) 5y

Quoting Isadora

I've been off dial-up for about 2 years. Though, there was a period where I had to switch back from "wireless" to dial-up because the corn across the street grew too high. Long story - won't bore you either, but it was a horrible transition.) I'm back to DSL and a happy camper.

I found the "accelerator" to be horrible for a few of reasons...

  • It really didn't "accelerate" my web page connections.
  • Downloads over 2MB were still cut off because my "time limit" for active page changes had expired. (No shit, I was downloading an e-mail file which was also abruptly ended.)
  • I have my own website that has my brother-in-law's photos for sale. (Not promoting!) With the accelerator activated, clicking on the large views of the photos would pixelate them badly. I ended up putting in an "if you are using an accelerator" disclaimer at one point.
  • The acceleration rate never reached the 56K that my provider "promised" but did not fulfill. (When contacted, they told me it was my computer, which was utter BS considering my computer and it's goodies).
  • I could always tell when the local school and businesses (who were also "forced" to use dial-up at the time) logged on because I couldn't get a connection - at all - period. I would have to wait until someone logged off which was a hit or miss proposition.

I may be paying more for my "wireless" but I can download massive e-mails in no time at all, always have a connection and have been able to have our 2 computers (and I've had 3-4 connected to the internet at one time) all working flawlessly. I rue the day that the antenna providing my signal is hit by lightning...

I know what you mean about being cut off by dialup during long downloads - it happened to me several times, and I agree that the accelerator and good images are not exactly compatible, but I must say that overall I get pretty good results with dialup (true, not speedy, but not s-l-o-w either!)
I found some tweaking techniques that work pretty good for dialup, here's the routine:
http://www.freedomlist.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=32979

I dislike the way broadband is marketed here in the States. We get these constant $14.99 a month ads from the phone company, but in reality that's just a promotional price, and does not include everything to go online (modem rental and DSL ISP must be added). When and if we get more reasonable pricing (like the rest of the world, for example) I'd happily sign on.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-May-2009, at 15:31 by Daawgon ]

7. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 5y

I was on dial-up until about three and a half years ago when it was about half the cost of broadband. Now that there is so little cost difference, I'm surprised anyone is still on dial-up. My Tiscali broadband package includes the BT line rental plus free evening and weekend calls, all for about four quid a month more than the BT line rental would be on its own.

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4124 posts) 5y

I'm surprised that dial-up still exists.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5500 posts) 5y

Quoting Daawgon

I dislike the way broadband is marketed here in the States. We get these constant $14.99 a month ads from the phone company, but in reality that's just a promotional price, and does not include everything to go online (modem rental and DSL ISP must be added). When and if we get more reasonable pricing (like the rest of the world, for example) I'd happily sign on.

You'd really like Australia. We have caps, so if you pay less, you get less bandwidth each month - down to around 1 GB per month. I'm pretty sure the US has got about a thousand times better deal when it comes to pricing I'm currently paying $60/month for 4GB of bandwidth at speeds of 1,500k. It's really quite pathetic. I hear they might be (may have?) introduced similar things in the US. All the outrage amused me. Either way, it's a world away from dialup - I couldn't go back.

10. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 5y

Quoting Peter

Quoting Daawgon

I dislike the way broadband is marketed here in the States. We get these constant $14.99 a month ads from the phone company, but in reality that's just a promotional price, and does not include everything to go online (modem rental and DSL ISP must be added). When and if we get more reasonable pricing (like the rest of the world, for example) I'd happily sign on.

You'd really like Australia. We have caps, so if you pay less, you get less bandwidth each month - down to around 1 GB per month. I'm pretty sure the US has got about a thousand times better deal when it comes to pricing I'm currently paying $60/month for 4GB of bandwidth at speeds of 1,500k. It's really quite pathetic. I hear they might be (may have?) introduced similar things in the US. All the outrage amused me. Either way, it's a world away from dialup - I couldn't go back.

I agree, Daawgon, with the marketing tactics - very similar to those for mobile phone packages. (Buy one phone, get one free - then read the small print saying a 2 year contract at $75-100/month. But look at all the anytime minutes you get for free that you're really paying for.) I signed up when the provider offered free installation and either $23.99/month (for internet only) or $68.99 (when combined with VOIP). We thought long and hard about the combo deal but VOIP is still too unpredictable living as rurally as we do. (We also live in a cell phone dead zone - just ask Heather - so no, I can't hear you now even though Verizon is the only available carrier for our landline phone presently. Verizon mobile users still don't get a signal at our house.) The one item our provider did not mention until signing the contract - we had to buy the router outright and from them for $89. That cost has still been worth it considering how poor their dial-up service really is. They are also the only local provider - the rest being 40+ miles away who charge an additional fee for living in my little corner of the cornfields.

As for bandwidth caps in the US, here's an article from February 6th:

US bandwidth gets new caps