Free 56K

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by WSFrazier, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. WSFrazier macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    At home I have a broadband connection, however when I am visiting family or such I would like to be able to have access to the internet on my PowerBook.

    Back when I was using a windows notebook I managed to find a free 56k provider but can not remember what it was. I think Apple should offer 56k to .Mac subscribers since we are paying 100/year.

    Does anyone happen to know or use a free 56k service? I might be willing to pay if it is extremely cheap.

    Or is it possible to use AOL dialup without using the AOL software, just an old fashion user/pass with a phone number. I have a friend that said he would make me an AOL account that I can use if I need internet.

    Is it possible to run a service on a home machine that will pretty much turn it into an ISP and i can dial into my home machine and get internet?
  2. osxnewbe macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2006
    This may not help but your broadband service may include dial-up access. I have dsl through AT&T/Yahoo and they include dial up access with my service. I've used it when traveling and dial up the internet with my personal notebook at work.....
  3. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I have Road Runner High Speed Online (Time warner) and they too provide free dial up with loads of numbers. You should check your ISP.
  4. WSFrazier thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    I got into contact with them, they said they do not offer any dialup services. My ISP is Comcast. :(
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    Do you mean your friend will create a screen name for you on his account? then download the free AOL software and sign on with it....that makes your internet connection and then you can launch any browser you want to use, safari, firefox, whatever, you arent restricted to using the aol browser at all once you're will just run in the background while you're browsing

    the thing is that you and your friend cant be signed on to AOL at the same time because you would both be using screen names from the same account......if I understand what you're saying he's going to do for you
  6. WSFrazier thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    That is what I was aiming for but I didn't want to have the AOL software installed. I thought maybe I could setup a dialup account within OSX manually.
  7. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2004

    There is free dialup, but it all depends on where you are. You'll want to get a local phone number, but I've used before to set up my friends Dell with free dialup.
  8. Lopez.T.H. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    NetZero did. But it was limited to 5 hours a week I think.
  9. ieani macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2006
    the states for now
    Juno has free dial-up. Its limited but I dont remember how much. I used it over a year ago when your internet was down for a couple weeks.
  10. snakelda macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
  11. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    unfortunatly neither Juno or Netzero offers their free package for Macs, although they do offer lost cost service that will worl on a Mac
  12. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Are you a student at a university?

    My university gives us free dial up...only problem is it's a local number so it could rack up long distance charges.

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