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Preparing To Switch To Dial-up


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#1 ejames82

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 10:21 PM

i know, everybody hates dial-up, but my roadrunner trial for $30/month is about to expire, and it's not worth $45 to continue.
i just wanted to be prepared, as best i can, for the transition to dial-up. any advice that anybody can give me, who has also made this transition would be welcome. i know that it will be slow.
will i have to use netzero, people pc, earthlink, or aol? the company that i will get the dial-up from is going to be verizon.
i have a compaq presario with XP, and 256 ram.
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is there a danger of "timing out"

thanks.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 11:10 PM

sorry but why would you want to sacrafice speed and freedom of cable internet usage for dial up yea it may be 45$ a month but get the all in one package if possible in your area and the extra 35$ a month IS worth it youll be back to RR soon my friend

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 12:03 AM

the computer is just a luxury for me. the unlimited local calls that dial-up offers, are a necessity. speed does not matter to me.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 12:26 AM

I do not know what part of the country\world you are from but most places that have DSL have DSL Lite, generally 259Kbps\128Kbps, for $24.95\mo. Places that have cable have similar deals, EX: http://www.cox.com/batonrouge/HighSpeedInternet/Compare.asp[Cox Cable://http://www.cox.com/batonrouge/HighS...e.asp[Cox Cable 1.5Mbps\256Kbpsfor $26.95\mo.
If you cannot get broadband I would find a local or regional ISP rather than a national. Ironically most national ISPs least service through local providers anyways. Why pay $23.90\mo to AOL when you could have the same access number directly for $14.95 to $19.95\mo, and none of the AOL bloatware to drag your computer down.
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 08:53 AM

You will certainly have to learn a very great deal of patience when you switch to dial up, as well as becoming resigned to curtailing your downloads. You will also have to remember that you cannot use your phone while connected to the Internet.

I would certainly shop around (especially if you have local companies) for DSL before forking out 10-11 dollars a month for dial-up service. In addition, ask around about which dial-up service IN YOUR AREA is the most reliable, has fewest problems and dropped connexions or "time-outs." Check to see how many servers each has in your local calling area.
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 11:12 PM

the biggest reason for getting dial-up is for the unlimited local phone service. if the computer will work at all, it will be a fringe benefit.

thanks for the replies.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:53 AM

the biggest reason for getting dial-up is for the unlimited local phone service. if the computer will work at all, it will be a fringe benefit.

thanks for the replies.




if you find a service that is v92 compatible your modem will notify you of incomming calls and the connection to the net will standby untill you finish the call
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:10 AM

davy51,
i have seen people that have that feature. i would love to have that.
i have received excellent advice and i will print out this info for future reference.
thanks for the reply.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 03:56 PM

davy51,
i have seen people that have that feature. i would love to have that.
i have received excellent advice and i will print out this info for future reference.
thanks for the reply.





aol doesnt support it at my location but does in some
there are many isp's that do support v92 all you have to do is search for it in your area
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Posted 30 April 2007 - 04:11 PM

I would make the suggestion of going to DSL if your going to use verizon. You can get Verizon DSL Packaged with UNlimited Local and long distance phone service for about $50 a month

Edited by BlackSpyder, 30 April 2007 - 04:12 PM.

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