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Thread: Prepaid Internet for desktop?

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    Question Prepaid Internet for desktop?

    I have a question or 2.....LoL
    I am not at all knowledgeable about pc's (wonder if theres a book called pc's for dumber than dummies) but anyway I have dsl & love it but i'm on a very fixed income now and it's hard to swing it because its sky high and I really need to cut back so I wondered if I can use those prepaid cards for internet on my desktop? And if so.....exactly what do i need??? to use them? I know I'm on a dell with windows 7......LoL If that even matters.
    I hate dialup & have no patience and very few hairs left as it is.......Help Please!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChattyCathy View Post
    I have dsl & love it but i'm on a very fixed income now and it's hard to swing it because its sky high and I really need to cut back so I wondered if I can use those prepaid cards for internet on my desktop?
    First...probably not.

    Second, have you looked into bundling phone/internet/tv in your area? Often it does come out cheaper than all three separately.
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    1. ChattyCathy...
    Do you have a phone service supplied by your ISP?

    2. Just recently, I bought myself an ATA="Analog Telephone Adapter".
    I have an analog phone connected to the ATA, and the ATA connected to my router.
    Hence I now have a hardware VOIP [digital internet] phone with its own phone number supplied by SIPgate [service provider].

    COSTS NOTHING!
    but can only receive calls unless I put some money in the account.
    With money in the account I can call landlines at about 10% of the normal cost.
    i.e.
    UK landlines = 72 p/Hr
    Mobiles = 594 p/Hr
    Australia landlines = 108 p/Hr
    Switzerland landlines = 114 p/Hr

    2. So what I need is low-cost internet-only.
    Or internet plus TV.
    My Virgin ISP were charging a total of about £62 less £18 discount = £44 for a package including:
    Fast broadband...soon to be increased from 20Mb/s to 60Mb/s.
    TV
    Phone line [£14] plus "talk unlimited" [£8].
    I asked virgin about ending the phone portion of the package [to use VOIP hardware phone instead], and was told it would be crazy to do that because it would only reduce the total package cost by less-than £3.

    3. She proposed to reduce my package price to £39, and hold my broadband speed to its present 20Mb/s rather than go ahead with the increase to 60Mb/s.
    I agreed to that.
    So although I'm in theory still at the same speed as before...
    Suddenly web-pages no longer load in time, and Firefox reports a failure to load, and I must click reload.

    CONCLUSION
    4. I know how to make low-cost phone calls, but it needs a fast internet connection [at reasonable price].

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    Where are you located? If you're looking at dropping phone service, look into getting a MagicJack. They are dirt cheap (29$/year) and have free calling to USA and Canada.

    I would think that your ISP would have a "dirt cheap" plan. Here you can get a DSL connection with slower speeds for as low as $16/month (promo price).
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    1. "Where are you located?"
    "Let he who has eyes see".
    I'm in "West Lothian, Scotland" UK.

    2. "look into getting a MagicJack. They are dirt cheap (29$/year) and have free calling to USA and Canada."
    I did...
    But they seem best [only?] suited to the USA and Canada.
    And it is just another kind of ATA, right?
    And I then bought [and have in use] a Linksys PAP2T, and configured it for use with SIPgate.
    And it has ZERO monthly charge, and low pay-as-you-go call rates, which is what I prefer since I probably won't make very many "active" [outgoing] calls, mostly "passive" [incoming] calls.

    3. "I would think that your ISP would have a "dirt cheap" plan"
    Hmmm...
    Since Virgin already have me as a paying customer [knocked down to £39/month], I don't imagine they would agree to charge even less for the same service.
    And I'm not totally satisfied with the speed I'm seeing right now.
    Yet it tested at 19Mb/s download, and 2.8Mb/s upload.

    4. "Here you can get a DSL connection with slower speeds for as low as $16/month (promo price)"
    I'm thinking about that right now.
    When I mentioned to Virgin the possibility of switching to ADSL, she said:
    "We are the only service provider who run cables to your property, so you cannot do that".
    But I have a BT telephone line from way back before switching to Virgin.
    I wonder about contacting BT [British Telecom].
    I wonder what they would charge for ADSL, if they supply it here.
    Or Sky for a satellite internet connection.
    The guy next door still has his Sky dish, but has since switched to Virgin Cable.

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    Haha, sorry Sylvander, I intended my response towards the original poster
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    xxxxxOOPSxxxxx

    So where is ChattyCathy I wonder.

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    She didn't even say g'bye!"

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    ChattyCathy is not so chatty!
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    We wuz had!

    By a 1-post-wanda.

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