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#1 +V-Tech

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:01

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While many of us think of dial-up Internet service as a long-buried relic of years past, for many Americans it’s still a sad, slow reality. The Pew Research Center reports that around 3% of American Internet users are still using dial-up services as their means for going online, a percentage that hasn’t change since 2011. Given that the decline in dial-up subscribers has slowed dramatically over the past two years, it seems that the remaining 3% who still use dial-up have no options to subscribe to DSL or cable and are more or less stuck with the service if they want to go online. This may explain why AOL has actually been jacking up prices for dial-up users recently since its customers seemingly have nowhere else to go.

 

 

http://bgr.com/2013/...internet-users/




#2 KingCracker

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:07

Yeah, when you live way out in the country its hard to get modern technology sometimes. What gets me though is they use that bloatware called AOL. I admit when I first started using the internet in 1996 I thought that AOL was the internet but within a few short months I learned that AOL wasn't needed. I ditched them when other provides came around. 



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:35

Stuck with, or don't want to pay to get Satellite Internet?



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:52

Around 2% of the UK is still on Dial-up too. According to an article in 2008  huge portion of those still on dial-up aren't interested in Broadband, would be interesting to know how much the figures have changes since then.



#5 KingCracker

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:53

Stuck with, or don't want to pay to get Satellite Internet?

I dont know about where you live but here satalite internet is expensive and the quality signal you get sucks especially during bad weather. 



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:58

Ugh! I threw up a little when I saw that AOL CD. I wonder how many billions of those are in our land fills.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 18:52

I dont know about where you live but here satalite internet is expensive and the quality signal you get sucks especially during bad weather. 

I pay $92 a month for Hughesnet. It's that or dialup for me.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:02

Ugh! I threw up a little when I saw that AOL CD. I wonder how many billions of those are in our land fills.

 

Sucked when they switched to CDs. AOL kept me stocked with all the 3.5" floppies I needed back in the mid 90s.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:09

Let's have a moment of silence for all of those poor user stuck with dial-up.



#10 Jose_49

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:15

Wow! Who could have guessed this? 3% is a huge percentage (considering how advanced has broadband become).... Wonder how it is in my Country...



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:24

I loved the CDs when they first started.

 

Surfed the Net for free for a very long time.  I think I must have used up free Internet time from each cds code that amounts to 30-40 hours.

 

Laughable now, but it was a big deal back then.  



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:26

I have some old AOL cds in a drawer somewhere. They had some games included which was cool. Does anyone recall how long it took to load a webpage on dial up?



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:36

I have some old AOL cds in a drawer somewhere. They had some games included which was cool. Does anyone recall how long it took to load a webpage on dial up?

In the mid 90s? Not long. Most web pages were very small and static.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:49

Good -- more bandwidth for ME. :shifty:



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:52

In the mid 90s? Not long. Most web pages were very small and static.

 it took a while for mine to load especially compared to cable now days. You could definitely see a lag in loading a webpage on 56k. Also downloading a 10mb file would take awhile and for massive files, a few days sometimes a week if you could stay connected that long.