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Will dial-up ever make a return?

Hawlucha
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9/8/2015 5:39:13 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I'm just wondering. Considering technology like HTML are advancing and taking less space than Adobe Flash and webpages are taking less bytes to load, would the websites in the near future be dial-up friendly for it to make a comeback and finally relieve the moment where you hear this?

https://www.youtube.com...

Personally I'd love for that to happen. Faster internet and cheaper too!
TBR
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9/9/2015 3:00:00 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/8/2015 5:39:13 PM, Hawlucha wrote:
I'm just wondering. Considering technology like HTML are advancing and taking less space than Adobe Flash and webpages are taking less bytes to load, would the websites in the near future be dial-up friendly for it to make a comeback and finally relieve the moment where you hear this?

https://www.youtube.com...

Personally I'd love for that to happen. Faster internet and cheaper too!

No. The overhead is very large on dial-up. It makes NO sense to go backwards. The amount of infrastructure tied-up into a very slow connection is staggering.
RoyLatham
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9/11/2015 5:01:25 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
There are still dial-up services available, quite a few in fact. Google "internet dial-up service" to see pages of hits. The main attractions seem to me to be price and wide availability. Toll-free dial-up seems to be around $7 to $10. They promise an "accelerator" to provide an effective access speed of 5X to 7X the basic modem speed. I'm guessing the accelerator is a lossless compression scheme that packs and unpacks the transmitted data. If it really works, that would provide about 350K bps, close to satellite service speed. Cable modems start at around 1000K - 5000K bps. To compare to whateve rservice you now have, run a speed test like the one at http://www.internetfrog.com...

i think the dial-up services would be usable and a good deal at the price -- if they really deliver what they promise.
TBR
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9/14/2015 3:57:58 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/11/2015 2:21:22 PM, Fastbanana wrote:
maybe for third world nations....if there are any left... without internet!

Phone linea are more costly to roll out to places without any services. It is just so expensive to do this way.
RoyLatham
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9/20/2015 4:14:57 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
It is just plain wrong to think that everyone in the US can afford $60/month for cable modem service or that in fact cable goes everywhere. It's true that nations without phone service are finding it cheaper to use cell phone technology that to wire everything up. By internet service over cell phone wireless is expensive, so while that's a great solution for voice it's no so great for internet service.

Google's solution is Project Loon, which puts transponders up on high altitude balloons. http://www.networkworld.com...
TBR
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9/22/2015 9:06:39 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/20/2015 4:14:57 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
It is just plain wrong to think that everyone in the US can afford $60/month for cable modem service or that in fact cable goes everywhere. It's true that nations without phone service are finding it cheaper to use cell phone technology that to wire everything up. By internet service over cell phone wireless is expensive, so while that's a great solution for voice it's no so great for internet service.

Google's solution is Project Loon, which puts transponders up on high altitude balloons. http://www.networkworld.com...

I agree. The one thing to keep in mind is. Dial-up is by far the most expensive way to access the internet.