Are There People That Still Use Dial-Up Internet?

Discussion in 'Internet Discussion' started by Jonathan1990, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Jonathan1990

    Jonathan1990 New Member

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    I'll just tell you about my experiences of using dial-up from about 2001 - June 2009.

    I still used dial-up until June 2009 when broadband came to a remote area I was living in then. Broadband was really good when it came to that area until I moved 2 months later in August 2009 to the area where broadband keeps cutting you off every 5 minutes. I did use dial-up again in about September 2011 when broadband went down but it's useless now compaired to the bigger websites we have today. When I joined Facebook in November 2008 I was struggleing to get on and it took about 15 minutes to upload my first profile picture where it took about 30 seconds to upload my last profile picture on Facebook. My Dad would only let me on for an hour as dial-up as it cost money for every minuite you were on and nobody could use the phone.

    In future I hope I get optic fibre which is the next generation on from broadband as everyone seems to be on that now.
     
  2. tech explorer

    tech explorer New Member

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    I don't but I've heard some people still do.
     
  3. zeppelin04

    zeppelin04 New Member

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    Have only heard about people still using it. Have yet to witness it in close to ten years.
     
  4. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 The Chicken Master Staff Member

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    Unfortunately. I still have the occasional customer at work that still uses dial-up.
     
  5. G80FTW

    G80FTW New Member

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    I got tired of dealing with cable companies, so now Im using DSL. Might as well be dial up at times. Cost more as well, but at least they told me the price will never change. Unlike cable companies who seem to change the price constantly.

    My friend lives out in the middle of nowhere and has satellite internet. Its pretty close to dial up speeds.
     
  6. MikeN

    MikeN New Member

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    America Online

    I'm still on America Online 5.0! I have the free CD to upgrade 6.0 somewhere. ;)
     
  7. Punk

    Punk Moderator Staff Member

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    Haha I remember eveytime I logged on AOL it said "Welcome 'your name', You've Got Mail!!"

    :D
     
  8. Geoff

    Geoff VIP Member

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    You have to pay per minute? I assumed most places had free local calling, there have always been local numbers to dial into for internet, unless you live in a REALLY remote area.
     
  9. WeatherMan

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    I remember about 7 years back.

    My household was on NTL 56k for £12.99 per month.

    I was like 14 at the time, and I hated the fact that the connection was so unreliable, engineers at the time told us it was the ancient wiring in our house, so I thought, right! when I'm older and have a job I will get a new phone line installed by BT, and have my own dial up connection to my room, for 1p per minute, the next year broadband became available, so I had my eyes on a 1Mb connection for £30 per month :D

    I think at the time BT had a 2Mb connection out, but that was like £60 per month!
     
  10. Geoff

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    Ah yes, those were the days. I also wanted my own phone line so I could have my own internet connection that could be on whenever!
     
  11. AlienMenace

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    A friend of mine live out in the country, is phone company has cable. But they told him they only come out into the country about 3 miles. He's 6 miles out in the country. So yea, he still has Dial-Up.
     
  12. spirit

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    Thankfully I'm too young to remember dial-up. The second broadband came out, we got it, and I must have been 5 or 6 at the time and too young to care. ;)

    I'm sure there are still people who use dial-up, I know that our ISP still supports it. I've not come across or know anybody who does still use it though.
     
  13. AntimatterAsh

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    I remember dialup...good ol' Freeserve, and once they went...AOL!

    [​IMG]

    I used dialup a few months ago to activate my grandma's laptop! The wireless adapter was not compatible with WPA2-PSK, and she didn't have internet, so I used dialup straight into the phone line to activate it!

    Apart from the cost, we get no speed benefit with broadband here anyway.
     
  14. WeatherMan

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    Back in the day our providers were NTL, Freeserve & AOL :p

    I remember always getting around a 48/52Kb connection

    4KB/s download's FTW :D I used to love waiting half an hour to download a 20Mb file

    I remember one night I really wanted a game from BearShare, so I left the dial up running, I got my 90MB game :D
     
  15. spirit

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    Yeah but I bet your household was using it for longer than mine was, hence why you can remember it and I can't. ;) With my father being an IT engineer and all, I suspect the day broadband came out, we switched - and living in a relatively urban area, it made a big difference. :p
     
  16. Turbo10

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    He should get satellite, it's not as fast as ADSL and whatnot but certainly better than dial-up
     
  17. tremmor

    tremmor Active Member

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    cant upload like email. one way. I know a few with dial up. Live in the mountains in a remote area. Nobody there. Thats all they can get. Cant even get satellite because of trees and mountain range. its blocking it. Hillbilly's.
     
  18. tremmor

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    2400 and 4k downloads with dialup when it came out and no internet. it was bulletin boards only. basic cable came out a lot later. My bill with dial up was as high as $300.00 a month. (not a local call for bulletin board) Guessing it was late 60's or early 70's. im positive. And no color monitor then. No hd either. 4 k of memory and green phosphorus screen.
     
  19. OvenMaster

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    If it weren't for 3Mbps Verizon DSL at $24 a month, I'd still be on dialup. I can't afford Comcast's cable prices.
     
  20. Guitaristic

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    My uncle still uses dial-up because it's the only thing he can get where he lives, sadly. I would literally go insane!
     

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