Thread: Do you remember using dial-up?

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    Strangely enough, I was using dial-up up until mid 2006.
    When did you switch to broadband, or are you still using dial-up?
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      Um...yeah. I remember it. That was the original way of getting access to the internet.
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        I switched from dial up to broadband in 2000. We were the first in our area to get it.
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          I hated the static sound it made while dialing. It was soooo loud.
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            Quote by randomuser2349
            Do you remember using dial-up?
            Yes.
            We got MindSpring dial-up service in the summer of '96. Sure it was slow and would drop connections while downloading but dial-up was really the only choice for internet access -- unless you were rich and could afford $500-$1,000 a month for a T1 connection. I finally got broadband via AT&T DSL in 2003.
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              Quote by Eighty_8
              I hated the static sound it made while dialing. It was soooo loud.


              So did I, even though today's fax machines still make that sound.
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                It was around 2000 when I permanently did away with dial-up. I have a friend who STILL uses dial-up and many times I have a tough time reaching him when I call his home phone number because either he or his brother are on the internet or downloading stuff. That is one thing I've always hated about dial-up, is the fact it ties up the phone line, making it very difficult if not impossible for anyone to reach you by phone. Many times I've complained to my friend about him continuing to keep his dial-up and suggested for him to either have another phone line installed (which I did when I had dial-up) or get broadband, but he doesn't have the authority to make that decision. I even once left a message on his cell phone about the issue, saying "This is 2011...not 1995!").
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                  I had my own phone line just for my dial-up but switched to cable as soon as it came avalible. I remember connecting a million times just to get a good speed ugh! Just wish we had as many broadband options as we did for dial-up.
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                    Quote by demonpuppet87
                    Quote by Eighty_8
                    I hated the static sound it made while dialing. It was soooo loud.


                    So did I, even though today's fax machines still make that sound.


                    You know there were settings in Windows for most modems to adjust that right?

                    I just hated how slow it was. I got DSL around 2000. It was only like 700 k, but was much faster than dialup.
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                      I was also using dialup until about 2006.
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                        I recall that there was only one line throughout the entire house, and I had to hope that no one would call if I were online. I would automatically be cut off if the phone was picked up...I'm glad we got a dedicated line.
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                          I don't miss the slowness but I do like the sound dial-up made when you started it up.

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsNaR6FRuO0

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7uoD_VU1I4
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                            used to get booted off the net all the time because of in coming calls. Then I got a program that put a call minder on the computer screen if someone called. That way I could chose if I wanted to get off the net and answer it or not.
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                              Yup, I remember not being able to talk to my best friend on the phone because my brother or my parents were using the internet. I first got broadband in either 2002 or 2003. I loved it.
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                                  I think my family was using dial-up until maybe 2003 or 2004. We didn't get the Internet altogether and fully until about late 1999.

                                  Anyway, the rule in the house (for me anyway) was to only use the Internet at night since it was less likely that people would call at night, so if I wanted to dl something, had to wait until night time. I used to get kicked offline all the time because of incoming calls. It was also an annoyance when someone needed to use the phone.
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                                    Yes, dial-up and only two hours of internet,
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                                      Quote by One_Louder
                                      I don't miss the slowness but I do like the sound dial-up made when you started it up.

                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsNaR6FRuO0

                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7uoD_VU1I4


                                      I agree on those two videos there, OL. And I even found one with a cartoon face lip-synching to the sound dial-up made when it would start up:

                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8XKhCfsTts

                                      Good old memories. Especially during my first and only year of home-school, when I had to go on the internet to do my schoolwork, I loved that startup sound back then.
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                                        Dial-up was such a joke. I'm glad I stopped using it.
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                                          I don't recall using dial-up. I also don't remember the last time I blew my nose.
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