Originally Posted by HarperVision
Whoah, I can get Earthlink's 56kbps dial up internet service for only $9.95/month, where do I sign up?!?!?!
Several years ago I wound up as an Earthlink dial up customer after they bought out the ISP who bought out...(insert chain of ISPs here) who bought out the original mom and pop dial up ISP I started with.
A few years later it had gotten up to $22 a month (with 8 email addresses possible, including some on the previous domain which I don't want to give up, so I'm in effect held hostage), and switching over to Earthlink's lowest speed over TWC cable was $30 a month, so I did that.
I've exchanged the provided cable modem a few times (even though I doubt the problem was ever the modem, but the change of serial numbers seems to trigger something that fixes the problem for awhile), and the use of the modem is part of the package at no additional cost.
There's been more than one time where calling with a problem meant TWC told me to call Earthlink and Earthlink told me to call TWC.
If not for wanting to keep my old email addresses, I'd have no particular loyalty to Earthlink, and if I wanted to start from scratch with a dial up account, I'd go with BasicISP at (currently) $8.95 per month (which includes one email address at least, maybe more)
The reason I know about BasicISP is because a few years ago I was having cable modem problems and falling back to Earthlink dial up (you get like 20 hours a month of dial up included with their cable package, supposedly for checking email away from home and stuff), the dial up wasn't working worth diddly either.
You can sign up with BasicISP on a month by month basis, no commitment, and it's as good speed wise as Earthlink dial up ever was, and when you call on the phone you get a real human here in the US in fairly short order.