Today's early e-mails included one from Tiscali, whose Tiscali 50 service I have used since it took over from WorldOnline.
It didn't contain happy news - the cost of the service for 50 hours' internet use per month at any time is going up from £7.99 to £9.99 from October 16th.
Tiscali (surprise, surprise) describes Tiscali 50 as still offering good value for money - I beg to disagree, especially as its own AnyTime service provides 150 unlimited hours access for just £5 more and an additional £5 the speed of broadband at £19.99.
What makes it even more galling is that when I first joined WorldOnline it was because of what was the bargain of the ISP world.
For just £14.99 a month WorldOnline provided 24/7 internet access, lower cost telephone calls and even included the BT monthly line renal charge of £9.27.
So, for just £5.72 a month I had the luxury of 24/7 internet access.
But, when Tiscali took over, it soon switched me unrequested to the Tiscali 50 service at £5.99 monthly; about 18 months ago it rose to £7.99 and now comes the latest price hike.
Some forum members have suggested that ever increasing dialup ISP charges are designed to persuade us to switch to broadband - I'm now beginning to wonder if this is so.
A 100 per cent increase in Tiscali 50 charges in under two years would appear to back up such a claim.
What is even more annoying is that dialup offers precisely the service I require for my type of personal surfing.
Broadband would obviously be great speed wise, but there would be no real personal benefits.
Any particularly large download needed is undertaken by my son, who does have broadband - all I do is add my requirements to his personal website downloads panel list and he delivers them a day or so later housed on a CD-RW disk.
As my son is an IT support specialist for one of the country's biggest employers and has wireless networked his entire house, has his own website and a server, I'm sure that he would very kindly have added my computer to his sytem if we lived in the same house.....:-)
Further to above and Tiscali's claim about "value for money" for Tiscali 50, it overlooks the fact that its unrestricted midweek DayTime 8am to 6pm service costs just £4.99 and the Monday to Sunday version £7.99.
That, according to my mental arithmetic, adds up to far more than 50 hours a month for £9.99 even if it is a 24/7 coverage for up to 50 hours....:-)
I have a friend who runs a business and is also on Tiscali 50 - he's just worked out within nanoseconds that it will be half the price for the Monday to Friday service at £4.99 and without suffering in the slightest!