My mum is considering buying a pc, the one being the Dell 1100. This will be used primarily for internet and e-mail. Does she need to have an internal modem as she will be taking out a broadband subscription with an external modem included?
No, she doesn't need an internal modem, karenmt. Her broadband will connect from the external modem either via an "ethernet" type connector or a USB connector. Her new PC is pretty certain to have both of these built in.
Personally, I would include one. They are only £11.75 and you then can use fax (as 'spuds' says). Also, if the broadband connection goes down, you can revert to dial-up (having previously set up with a free ISP such as Free UK).
I agree not to confuse, don't spend on an external modem until you have got the PC in use, have installed b'band, got used to the computer and internet and then decide whether you need to send faxes, in my opinion not ever since you probably also need a scanner to send faxes, and if you have a scanner you can send the doc by email.
I'm sorry, but I can't see what is confusing about having an internal modem as backup for the broadband connection. There is no need for karenmt's mum to do anything. The modem will just be there if she needs it. For the sake of £12, it just seems worth doing.
I am on NTL cable BB but also still have an internal Analogue modem installed as a backup. I have a PAYG dialup account which is kept active by logging in at least once a week.
I also use it to send faxes. You don't need a scanner to send faxes. Any application that has a print mode can send a fax. I send faxes regularly using MS Word, Excel and Publisher as well as Paint Shop Pro. I have never used a scanner to send a fax.
As a precaution my modem is never connected to the phone line until I need to use it.
If the Dell 1100 comes with an analogue Modem already fitted I would accept it. You won't get much reduction in the price if you say you don't want it.