Who uses 56k (dial-up) still?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by GimmeSlack12, Mar 10, 2008.


How are you connecting to the interwebs?

  1. I use 56k still

    9 vote(s)
  2. DSL

    67 vote(s)
  3. Cable

    80 vote(s)
  4. Telepathy

    21 vote(s)
  1. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I still see the ol' "56k warning" on some sites and usually chuckle at that. How many of you guys still use the ol' modem?
    EDIT: Dammit I meant this to be a poll.

    1) I use 56k still.
    2) DSL
    3) Cable
    4) Telepathy
  2. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    A woman who works with my wife still uses "dial-up" ... :eek:

    Ohh the shame of it. lol
  3. hodgey1989 macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    i work weekends at a large pc retailer and i seriously get 2 or 3 people a each weekend that i talk to that still use dial up :eek:
  4. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    My parents still use AOL... slower than all heck. No joke.... :D
  5. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I guess I will answer as a poll--I have cable--and have actually had the same account since 2000--so dial-up is just a faint memory for me.
  6. Nitromaster macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Nokia N70-3 Ireland-Opera: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Symbian OS; Nokia N70/2.0539.1.2; 6366) Opera 8.01 [en])

    I normally use a 44kb dialup connection.
    It was only 16kb a few weeks ago until the phone lines were upgraded and now have speedy 44kb connections. (Trust me, 44kb IS speedy compared to 16 :L )
  7. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Well, I know a lady who works at one of our client sites and she still lives in the boonies. Dial-up and Satellite are her only two choices.

    She uses Net Zero...
  8. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    My grandparents still use dial-up. They can't get DSL but the cable line stops right past there house and they refuse to get cable. I guess they just don't want to pay for it. Every time i go there i feel like pulling my hair out when gramps asks me to show him how to do something on the internet.
  9. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    When I travel to Kenya for work purposes I used to use dial-up until I installed an internet connection in the office and put it on a wireless router simply for the purpose of syncing mail folders and saving stuff to the server which takes forever... its quite bad because i pay 8,000 Kenyan Shillings per month that is around £60, luckily my company only requires me to go for a week every two months. However i have been forced to use dial up in kenya when there are many people using the 128Kbps connection. I still carry the apple usb modem in my bag incase of an emergency...
  10. kepner macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    I would be using dialup if it weren't for WildBlue satellite internet.
  11. almightychey macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2007
    Have you been happy with WildBlue?
  12. amanda kathryn macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    i do technical support and you'd be surprised. a lot of people in the boonies can't get it, and then there's just cheap people, or people who use the internet so rarely they're not willing to pay more that $15 a month.

    my uncle lives in a small town (i mean SMALL, population: 43) in missouri and he says his dial-up connection there is faster than the cable connection he had when he lived in las vegas, haha.
  13. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I've had cable since early 2003. Dial-up here is such a joke. When I had it my speed would rarely get above 10kbit/s.
  14. GimmeSlack12 thread starter macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Well looks like the Mods that be were listening. Though I can't take credit for the suggestion....
  15. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    According to the latest six-monthly ISP survey, 45% of NZers do not have broadband. Of course, the numbers may be different in other countries.

    Me? DSL.
  16. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Me? Cable that's split between about 400 apartments. Fastest I usually get is 50 kb/s. I max out at about 300 kb/s when everyone's gone for break and we're all that's left.

    Much faster than the 25 kb/s DSL I got back home.

    Sometimes I think people who measure their internet speed in MB/s and still complain of it being slow once in a while really don't appreciate how fast their internet speeds are enough...
  17. kepner macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    I wouldn't say happy. But it's the best I can get. I get ~150 kB/s DL, and it's still noticeably slower than ~80kB/s DSL when browsing the web (because of the high latency of the satellite connection). After the initial delay, downloading larger files works great. And there is an explicit monthly download limit (depending on your package, mine is ~16GB).

    Weather is occasionally a problem. And I believe they provide a dial-up number to use in those situations. I haven't had to use it yet though.
  18. pbbaker123 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    My dad does. He doesn't surf, just plain text email, so I guess it works.
  19. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Super Fast DSL here. Used to have Cable but this is better.
  20. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    dsl here. it was all the was available.

    but right now i'm at my dorm at school, so i have very fast internet here
  21. 204467 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well, I'm on Comcast now, though I wish my neighborhood would get wired for FiOS. I only finally got my parents to get rid of dial-up in June 2007. And they only did that as a ploy to get my sister to live at home and because my grandma had just died so they had the money for it.
  22. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

    Next Tuesday

    Sep 14, 2006
    Sorry it took me so long to reply, my dial up is really slow. Anyways, forgot what i was going to say because it took so long. If i remember, ill post again. lol
  23. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I had dial-up until 2004.

    EDIT: Ah, after a bit of research, we use a line-of-sight wireless provider. Of course we pay for a 768 KB/ connection, yet don't usually exceed 128 KB/s. :(
  24. hulugu macrumors 68000


    Aug 13, 2003
    quae tangit perit Trump
    On a foray for work, we had sneaker-net 2.0. You had to walk over to another tent to get to the satellite connection which was rigged up to one computer. We quickly learned which companies made good thumb drives or just how robust an iPod was.

    That was a fiasco.
  25. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
    i use dsl but my one of my aunts switched to high speed and cost lik 500 because shes in the country the other just stayed with dial up since she didnt want to pay $500 for a dish and such so since her pc 56k modem doesnt work i gave her my imac g3 just for mail and browsing the web possibly my cousin might use his ipod shuffle on it.

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