MacBook doesn't have a 56k dialup port?

Wireless Buddy

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I'm getting a MacBook (white $1299 one) and I was looking over the specs...

Is it true that it doesn't have a dial up port? Because that could kill it for me very easily...
 

lamina

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I too think it's absolutely ridiculous that the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro ALL lack a dial-up modem.

I've found myself in a position to have to send faxes a few times, namely to my stupid cell phone company about a billing dispute, and to PayPal. If I had to go out and spend $50 on a USB modem, I would have been really upset.

I guess that's one of the upsides of having a PowerBook?

Seriously Apple, what's the deal here... that component can't cost more than 3 cents.
 

Wireless Buddy

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I too think it's absolutely ridiculous that the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro ALL lack a dial-up modem.

I've found myself in a position to have to send faxes a few times, namely to my stupid cell phone company about a billing dispute, and to PayPal. If I had to go out and spend $50 on a USB modem, I would have been really upset.

I guess that's one of the upsides of having a PowerBook?

Seriously Apple, what's the deal here... that component can't cost more than 3 cents.
Yeah well I have dial up ISP so I need the port.
 

mkrishnan

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Seriously Apple, what's the deal here... that component can't cost more than 3 cents.
I'm actually guessing this one was not a cost save completely, and that they actually went and got the market data to back up the idea that hardly anyone is using dial up anymore.

Although granted, I could see it being a very big deal for the small group who still need it for legitimate reasons. Although now, most of that could be replaced with a bluetooth connection to a cell phone's data services, now....

To the OP.... if you need landline telephone dial-up, you have to get the USB modem or else get a different computer. Sorry.
 

Wireless Buddy

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The adapter is really small...about the size of an old iPod Shuffle (maybe a little bigger)

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?productLearnMore=MA034Z/A
Oohhh Okay. I was imagining something like the size of a wireless router. Thanks for the heads up! I will be buying the MacBook then.

Wait. One more question.
Can the MacBook natively set up a dial up connection (like entering the dialing info and logon info/passwords, etc.) or is there a patch or something?
 

Wireless Buddy

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Internet Connect can handle that.

Some providers do have Mac clients, some. :rolleyes:
Well, I have Netscape, and on my Windows XP Dell, it is a program, but I could set it up and connect manually using Windows Connection center if I wanted to.

So I guess I'm asking if I could do this with Mac OS. Or if Netscape has a Mac version of their propriety connection software...
 

mkrishnan

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Well, I have Netscape, and on my Windows XP Dell, it is a program, but I could set it up and connect manually using Windows Connection center if I wanted to.

So I guess I'm asking if I could do this with Mac OS. Or if Netscape has a Mac version of their propriety connection software...
I don't know if they have software for Mac, but if you can set it up in Windows Connection Center, you can do the same thing in Internet Connect. It's very similar.
 

seanneko

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I too think it's absolutely ridiculous that the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro ALL lack a dial-up modem.
I'm glad it doesn't have one. The last time I used a dial-up modem was probably about 5 years ago, so I don't want the port on the side of the computer making it look more cluttered.

The number of people who would want a built-in modem would be negligible, so there's really no point in Apple including it. It would be like including a 3.5" floppy drive - yes, I'm sure some people want one, but most don't.
 

fistful

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You can connect wirelessly with dial-up trough the Airport Extreme, although not with the current version. I currently do this with my pre-Extreme Airport Base Station.

edit: you can purchase the previous Airport Extreme from the Apple refurb store
 

cooknwitha

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Kind of like when the iMac came without a floppy drive, I think Apple has cut out old technology just one generation too early. Most of us don't even use the modem port but there have been a few handful of times in the last 2 years that I've been glad I've had it.
 

Foxglove9

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I'm also glad the macbook doesn't have a modem port, I don't know anyone who uses a modem anymore. It's been over 5 years myself as well. Even when I travel there's always Wifi or high speed connection wherever I go. Definitely would add clutter.

Get the USB adapter, you are spending $1000+ anyway on a laptop what's another $50 (though I remember seeing cheaper USB modems for $30 somewhere that work with macbooks).

Try to haggle with whomever you are buying the laptop from, you might get a discount on the adapter.
 

cooknwitha

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I'm also glad the macbook doesn't have a modem port, I don't know anyone who uses a modem anymore. It's been over 5 years myself as well. Even when I travel there's always Wifi or high speed connection wherever I go. Definitely would add clutter.
It's a .5" port in the side of you computer. How is that clutter?!?!
 

emac82

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I have an Apple USB Modem, for my cottage. I just leave it in my laptop bag so it's always there when I travel, and harder to lose.

I'd rather see them add another firewire port (400 or 800, I'd prefer another 400 I have needed 2 sometimes and was without a hub) than them adding a dial up port........
 

cooknwitha

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I'd rather see them add another firewire port (400 or 800, I'd prefer another 400 I have needed 2 sometimes and was without a hub) than them adding a dial up port........
Absolutely. But they didn't replace it with anything, they just got rid of it and it's not like there's a lack of room either.

Strange mac designers!! :D
 

Foxglove9

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It's a .5" port in the side of you computer. How is that clutter?!?!
Your right, the side of my laptop is cluttered whether that port is there or not. What I'd rather is all the ports located in the back so they don't keep getting in my way and I will never see them. I'll never undstandstand why they are located on the side like that.

I think the idea is modem ports are a thing of the past now even if there are some people that still use them. Just like the above poster stated about Apple removing floppy drives.
 

taylorwilsdon

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When does the average joe buying an expensive, urban-aimed laptop need a dial up port that he can't just put in his pocket?

Seriously, the last time I used dial up was probably 1997. Hell, I went to Africa and I used HSDPA cell internet! Africa! 100x the speed of dial up on a continent with less internet penetration then your average hicktown.
 

cooknwitha

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Exactly. And isn't the benefit of a laptop its convenience? I hate having to carry around extras with a laptop. Not to mention having to buy them when making them standard isn't such an effort.

Like I said before, I rarely need access to dial-up but would it really hurt for it to be there? The space hasn't been replaced by another port. If it was replaced by another firewire port then I wouldn't be lamenting its loss. :D
 

polycat33

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If you add up all the things that "wouldn't really hurt to be there," it would hurt. So which do you add which don't you? Clearly the modem didn't make the cut. You can't have everything. What percent of people do you think would actually use it if it were included (and how often)? With WiFi everywhere you can probably pick up a neighbors signal at a faster speed than dialup with get you. ;)
 
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