View Full Version : Best cheap dial up access?

01-26-2003, 03:49 PM
My fiancee needs cheap dial-up internet access for about 6 months. She had AOL, which we both are "philosophically opposed to" ;-) I've heard of netzero, juno, etc. Any opinions on the best cheap dial-up? I did have a local ISP before going to cable, but I think all the ones in the area have been bought up by big nationals/regionals now anyway...



01-26-2003, 04:02 PM
I do not know anything about "netzero" but stay away from Juno all of a sudden now they charge you for screwing up your computer where as it used to be free....

seriousely if you get juno or anything like it YOU have been for WARNED do not come back and want help with it after they have tore your comp. to peiceses...:eek: I'm sure that someothers will advise you as to what dial-up to use in your area..But for GOD sake donnot use JUNO

01-26-2003, 05:22 PM
It depends a lot on what area you are in. In Minnesota we have a bunch of cheap options. I pay about $10 for DSL connection and another $20 to the phone company for the DSL service. If I had dialup it would just be the $10. I would go online and use www.google.com to search for ISP info for your area. Most areas have extensive listings of available ISPs online and some also have local newsletters that provide listings.


01-26-2003, 05:51 PM
Netzero = Juno, last year sometime (late spring, I think) netzero and Juno merged. They dropped a few of the more annoying items from the free services that each offered, but they are still overloaded with junk.

Also check with your area WalMart, because in some areas they have cheap access.

01-26-2003, 06:01 PM
THIS (http://www.all-free-isp.com/) site has some good info.

01-26-2003, 08:33 PM
I have been using www.sysmatrix.net since last April. Only one downday during a hurricane ( they are somewhere down in southern Texas). Only ten bucks a month and a lot less trouble than either AOL or Earthlink. I think they are all over: I am in Missouri and a brother of mine signed up in Virginia.

01-26-2003, 08:36 PM
BTW I looked into Juno after dropping Earthlink. It had something in the fine print about your having to agree to their right to access your computer any time it is turned on, day or night. I don't know what's up with that, but I don't need anyone installing Spyware on me.

01-27-2003, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the replies. Has anyone used mFire http://www.mfire.com/special.php?promo=ALL ?
Sounds pretty good & is available in our area (central Ohio, in case anyone has any area-specific suggestions). Found mFire at http://www.all-free-isp.com/ as suggested by Steve. Also anyone else using http://www.sysmatrix.net as suggested by Gncarlo? Also sounds good, especially @ $10/mo!


01-27-2003, 01:00 PM
Hi, guys!

There are two ways to use Juno. First is "free", this option includes
alot of ads, is a pain in the rear, and is not worth it. You get what you pay for.

Second, you can pay pay $9.95 a month, which is what I have been doing for several years. When you pay, you do not get ads in your browser, all you get is two ads when you start the program. These ads change from time to time, so I assume this is why they want access to your computer, as these ads are stored in the juno folder.

They do not use spyware, unless it is something that ad-ware can't find.

Everything is stored in its own folder and it un-installs completely (for me, anyway) so I would be interested to know how it will "tear your computer to pieces".

Please note that I am using Juno version 4, so my comments do not apply to later versions. When I like something I don't change until I have to, because in my opinion, most all software upgrades just add complications.

Thanks, a happy Juno user.

01-27-2003, 01:16 PM

Welcome to http://www.pcguide.com/ubb/pcgubb.gif

Unfortunately the latest versions of Juno have apparently changed so that they are now packed with garbage. Also, AdAware is badly out of date and will not be revised after the next release so it is really not a good tool anymore. It can even cause some damage in its current version. Most people around here seem to be using Spybot Search & Destroy now since it is kept up to date and has a lot of powerful tools. You can find it through the antivirus link on mjc's post.


01-28-2003, 01:05 AM
Stripgear sez: "so I would be interested to know how it will "tear your computer to pieces"." I don't recall anyone saying anything like that.

01-28-2003, 01:11 AM

Check Yoda's post....


01-28-2003, 02:17 AM
I stand corrected!

01-29-2003, 04:30 AM
$9.95/month very good service fast for dial up Impressive

Click here (http://www.ispwest.com/)

02-02-2003, 02:03 AM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I went with the mFire @ 14.95/mo. Set it up for her today, seems fine so far. I appreciate the input.