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Why do people still use dial up internet?

All over the world people are still using dial up internet, America alone has over 3.5 million people using it. Why is it then that dial up is still so popular? The reasons behind it are to do with the individual’s situation and what they want to use the internet for. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages involved and this article is going to explore those.

The advantages of dial up internet:

Dial up internet is extremely cheap compared to using a more popular server such as broadband. The reason being that broadband is a service you pay for on a monthly basis regardless of how much you use the internet. Dial up internet provides the customer with an opportunity to use a pay as you go service meaning that you only pay for the amount of internet you are using. This is great if you’re not a regular user of the internet and you want to save money.

Dial up internet is also mobile. You can dial into your internet anywhere at any time as long as you have a phone line nearby to connect to. This is great for business people and those who travel a lot.

Individuals who live in rural settings can often find it difficult to connect to the internet or have a good enough connection for it to work to the standard it should for the money you are paying. In this situation it is usually a better idea to use dial up internet as you are not paying a monthly fee for something you can’t use as you would like to.

Dial up is also very easy to use with no complications. You simply connect to the internet and away you go. There is no need to buy hardware and maintain it which again saves you time, effort and money.

The disadvantages of dial up internet:

For game lovers dial up internet is not the answer nor is it a possibility. Dial up is slower than most servers so it won’t support online gaming or the viewing of multimedia videos.

Unless you have a telephone line nearby you will be unable to connect to the internet service provider. Connecting to the internet via dial up also means than whilst you are using the internet your phone will not be in use as it blocks the line. You can choose to have a separate phone line put into your home but it will cost you more money.

If you have been away from the internet for a period of time whilst connected it is likely that the server will disconnect you.


As you can see from the above there is a whole list of reasons as to why you should and shouldn’t use dial up internet. Whether you do comes down to your current situation. For some it will be the perfect solution and for others it won’t. So before you decide what to do go over the points above and consider carefully what you want from your internet server.