ISPs connect you to the Internet - at a price
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Good free dialup ISP in UK - 1-2-Free
Good UK broadband ('cos the buck stops here!) -
Good UK mobile broadband comparison - BroadbandGenie
the beginning, firms like AOL and Compuserve charged £/$15.00
to connect you to the Internet and they are still around. In America,
where local telephone calls are free, AOL and their like, make money
renting out their service.
Elsewhere in the
world surfers pay for their ISP and their 'phone calls. In the
UK, ISPs were allowed to make money on the cost of the local 'phone
call to their site which spawned the FREE ISP. In USA, free ISPs make
money from advertising, either with a banner on screen or an advertising
break at intervals. Either way, it is obtrusive. Free ISPs can be searched
for in your country by typing in the text string ' free+isp ' in the
Google search box above.
Around the year
2000, UK providers started to offer free connection and free
phone calls for a monthly fee of £25 or so. Often this required
changing your telephone service as well which in turn created other
connection problems. Some users took up the offer of unmetered access
and set up a web server permanently connected which not only provided
a very slow site but also went against the agreement with the ISP. To
overcome this abuse, the connection is now automatically broken every
hour or two. This is only a problem with big downloads and this problem
is eased by FTP/server software that can pick up a download where it
was interrupted. Broadband has now taken over from dial-up.
free dial-up service in the UK.
is very simple to set up - you don't even have to register.
The dial-up telephone number is: 0844 711 0053
User Name is: isp@dialup
Password is: connect
Pop that info into
your 'new dial-up account' wizard and you are on-line! Charges are at
the local call rate which is about 4p/min daytime; 2p/min evenings;
Broadband is now
common worldwide and ADSL connections may be available in the UK up
to 300Mb/s if you live close enough to your telephone exchange. For
earning money on line, a 'half meg' or 512Kb/s connection is quite adequate
and still up to 20 times faster than dial-up. Although there are dozens
of broadband ISP's to choose from, the supply is still BritishTelecom
and in my experience, BT are the ones to go for. Not because they are
cheaper or better, but simply when things go wrong the buck stops with
When problems occur with other ISP's they blame BT and BT blames the
ISP and the user is left in the middle with no broadband. I reckon it
is better to pay the extra and go to BT and get a better service when
things go wrong. The advantage of competition is that BT have been forced
to improve the service they offer.
In the USA I have used Verizon and AT&T and both have good coverage.
AT&T was easier to use as a visitor on a 'Pay as You Go' basis.
mobile broadband route
Of course, as traditional
broadband technology continues to evolve, the quality and availability
of broadband on the move, or 'mobile broadband', is always improving.
Whether this be via a USB dongle that you plug into your laptop, or
using your smartphone, or with an ipad 3g sim card, the future of broadband
is changing fast and advice
on the latest technology available is essential.
Many areas of
the UK still have very slow broadband from BT when the location is a
long way from the telephone exchange or the quality of the copper cable
in the street is poor. Areas that BT advise a 6Mb/s broadband speed
is available sometimes struggle to get 1Mb/s in practice. Sometimes
those poor connection areas are within range of a 3g mast with much
better broadband speeds available. Then a 3g
dongle can be plugged into a desktop computer with a USB extension
cable if needed to reach a window to get the broadband reception.
3g or cable internet connection is not possible where you live, then
an 'always-on' dial-up service is the one to go for. Your phone calls
for the internet are included in your monthly charge and you can be
online as much as you want. However, there is usually a cut-off after
two hours to stop people running servers from it but you can log on
again immediately afterwards for another two hours.
1998 - 2016 roger walker