The Dial Up ISP Wasteland

Yes, there are some parts of the continental US not yet served by DSL or cable modems. That’s why I’m looking for a dial up ISP. Nationally we’ve got AOL and Earthlink, followed by budget operators NetZero, PeoplePC, and Netscape Online. But here’s the thing, and forgive my ignorance, why do all these services suggest you need to download and install software just to dial in?

I mean, hasn’t dial up networking been a standard feature of various releases of Mac OS and Windows since 1995 or so? Why the extra “dialer”?

Anyway, my search for a bare-bones ISP lead me to FreedomList‘s ISP directory, and the list of providers offering service in New Hampshire. That’s where I found VT Rocket, which offers plans ranging from $2.90/month (for 30 hours) to $9.95/month (unlimited).

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25 thoughts on “The Dial Up ISP Wasteland

  1. I would like to know how to connect to the internet using the ISP but at end of month i dont have anything to pay. In other word using internet free.

    Is there a way of doing it? Any software?

  2. There is another servic called csonline at they dont include any dialers or anthing (atleast when i had them they didn’t)

  3. well , i have dial up but it is like 36.0 – 38.6 kbps ( r whatever ) and it is so slow whatever , and other people are sitting on hacked dial up at 236kbps , it is not fare how do i do this whith out a cost , r somthing faster anyway

  4. how in the world can someone get dial up at 236kbps, is that really possible . is it a software or hardware tweak? Please tell me.

  5. Hacking dial up is rather easy. There’s two ways that you can hack it. 1. A fake ISP hack. This is commonly used to cover your tracks, it doesn’t get you anything but, and you still have to pay. To get it for free, if you know the local dialing number then you just need to find a password and user name for it. Try Google-ing fake or hacked adresses for your area’s dialing number. Good luck.

  6. Believe it when I say that Dial In Free ( is the real deal. I was a little skeptical at first, wondering what strings were attached. The only real “string” is that if you need technical support, there is a five dollar charge. However, the setup is so simple that unless you really don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll never encounter a charge. All you need to do is get your local number, create a dialer, and boom, free internet. The only drawback is, Dial in Free is only available in the 231, 616, and 269 area codes.

  7. I would like to know how to connect to the internet using the ISP for free . if exist any way pls cintact me :

  8. Dear Friend

    I have a Dial Up madule with wireless USB port of Orange in Kenya, But in Statistic checking I am seeing some send and receive, in the statistic form, So I want to know if they are selling or sharing my data to someone else or not? because each month I am receiving high bill which I am not using it.
    My Wireless Modem is ZTE USB Modem with the brand of Orange In Kenya which is from Orange company of Kenya.

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