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The death of dial-up?

  CurlyWhirly 21:08 18 Sep 2004

Is this the end? click here

  CurlyWhirly 14:24 19 Sep 2004

I can only hope so now that BT have finally decided that they actually want the broadband business.

I think that BT may NEED the broadband business as it seems that they are continually losing customers to other telecom companies like NTL, Telewest, etc.
I am of course referring to the cost of the actual telephone calls themselves.

  LastChip 15:27 19 Sep 2004

It's not that I use dial-up very often, but for configuring a new machine for a client or just checking to see, on the rare occasion that you can't connect to broadband, whether it's your machine, or the ISP's service that is the problem, dial-up is invaluable.

It's always available for me as a backup and long may that continue.

  Forum Editor 18:00 19 Sep 2004

but not yet, by a long chalk. Dial up connections still vastly outnumber broadband - the great majority of UK internet connections are still narrowband.

The UK connection figures speak for themselves:

Pay as you go/free dial-up: 35%

Unmetered dial-up: 29%

Always-on broadband: 31%

  CurlyWhirly 22:39 19 Sep 2004

I do agree with you but eventually I feel that dial-up WILL become extinct apart from the very small number of people who still can't get broadband even after BT's new limits came into force on 6th September.

  Forum Editor 23:34 19 Sep 2004

of thinking that everyone with a computer wants a broadband connection - because nothing could be further from the truth. There are many people who use the internet regularly, but for short periods - perhaps to download their email, and occasionally to find a holiday etc. They're not particularly interested in broadband,they can get a free dial up connection and they're happy to pay the call charges.

There are huge numbers of these people, and they'll ensure that dial-up connections don't become extinct.

  CurlyWhirly 23:42 19 Sep 2004

I take your point about dial-up 'light usage' users and their willingness to pay the call charges.
I forgot about these people when I posted this thread - doh!

  CurlyWhirly 15:44 20 Sep 2004

I don't know what the answer is but I would NEVER go back to a dial-up connection.
It has revolutinised the way I use the internet like for example when I was on dial-up I only used to spend around 30 minutes a day (mainly reading e-mails) but since having broadband I find myself on the net for hours at a time!

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