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Which ISP for infrequent offpeak usage

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by calscot, Sep 25, 2003.

  1. calscot

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    Hi,

    What's the best and/or cheapest ISP deal for surfing the net during off peak times, say a couple of hours a week?

    Cheers,
    Cal.
     
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    I'd say any of the pay-as-you-go offerings (0845 call charges - see your phone provider for details). Before I went broadband, I found the most reliable/robust connection was

    http://www.go2000.co.uk/

    although there is absolutely NO reason why you shouldn't register for several PAYG services, and switch between them if and when one lets you down.
     
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    Thanks, Nigel.

    I'll give it a go and see how the bills turn out. If the bills get a bit steep I can always switch to a monthly offpeak deal.

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    I see from your location you are in an NTL area. They have a 1p per min dial up which would cost you a fiver a month if you used only 2 hours per week, or:
    £10 per month for unlimited dial -up use
    or
    broadband from £17.99 per month.
    (I have used 600Mb/s for the last 3 years @ £19.99 per month)

    Believe me, once you are permanently connected, your surfing habits change forever, and even the thought of dial-up is intolerable.
     
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    According to computer buyer (who have an isp buyers guide for both dialup and broadband every issue) Clara.net give 12 hours of off peak usage for £3.33 a month. Got pop into a newsagents or whatever and have a look at the guide.
     
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    I use supanet classic which is standard dail up 0845 number.
    very good service with 44000 connction most of the time
     
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    If you are going PAYG and going to register for a few (and I do strongly recommend it) then you should always look for services which allow you to create your own Dial-Up settings. Those which do an automatic install often

    1: set themselves as the default and make it problematic to undo therefore making it difficult to swap and change at will (which is the benefit of having a PAYG service)
    2: mess up your browser by branding it with their own logos etc.

    On-line registration varies between suppliers. Some won't let you proceed without an auto set up; some do (but place the instructions behind a tiny link buried deep into the web page etc), and some just produce a page with all the necessary details, letting you create the setting for yourself. I recommend you choose suppliers in the last 2 categories and do it yourself in all cases. Any that force an auto setup - just abandon it.
     

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