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Old 03-12-2004, 11:54 AM   #1
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Looking for Internet Provider Suggestions.

I am currently with AOL and they have some features that I like and others that I don't. I hate to switch E-mail address, but I'm ready.

I am looking for suggestions on an Internet Service Provider. *

I like AOL's storage of my Calendar and Address book when I'm traveling and I don't have my computer.

I don't like AOL proprietary connection that will not allow me to use a wireless connection to my desktop modem.

Dial-up speed is fine for me. I don't want to pay for high-speed access. Any one have any suggestion on what to switch to *(hopefully for the last time)

One thing that is mandatory is that I would like a Big Name ISP, so that I can access it when I'm on the road with my Laptop. AOL currently has this in that they have many connections in many cities. When they don't they have an 800 number that they charge about 6 cents per minute.

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Re: Looking for Internet Provider Suggestions.
Old 03-12-2004, 12:28 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for Internet Provider Suggestions.

Well for a cheapo, you can go here

Theres a special for $4.95 a month, and after that expires I think its 5.95. Barebones internet access and email. You can use Microsoft Outlook or one of the other calendar/address book/content managers, or check out the calendar/address book features that MSN, Yahoo and others offer for free or at a small monthly or annual charge. If you want something more substantial, buy an old used palmpilot for 20-30 bucks and sync that with outlook.

I've seen a lot of great reviews of this ISP and will be converting my girlfriend to it in a month when her old ISP contract expires. Only downside is that there is really very little support and you pay for it when you use it.

Other thing we've used in the past is the local ISP in town, usually a small storefront. Only problem with ours is he just went from $9.95 a month to $12.95. When I can get the same service for five bucks, I cant see much motivation to stay.

You can always get deals on MSN other larger 'standard' ISP's in the $10-12 range.

I cant really say that any ISP has been 'better' or done more, most of them rent their modem pool access from the same couple of companies, so thats the same...most of them use the same backbone access, so thats the same...your email and news servers, and proxies (if any) are the only thing unique.

A suggestion, and what I've done, is to make yourself a hotmail account and have that become your primary email. Either take the free one or pay them a tiny bit for one of their fancier options. Then you can change ISP's every week and it wouldnt matter.

Another option and a cool service is MAILSHELL at For free you can create a subdomain (say 'cut-throat') and you get a pair of free email addresses, and <anyname> The latter allows you to give a registration site or questionable site/person a bogus email address like "" or "". You can authorize and redirect any of these 'sub mail' boxes to either sit in your mailshell account, be forwarded to your real mailbox, or be sent to spam hell.

Its free to use for basic web access, for a little money a month you can get a lot of extra features. I've used the free service for about a year and been pleased with it.

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Old 03-12-2004, 12:32 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for Internet Provider Suggestions.

For the address/calendar stuff - I think yahoo has offerings in that area, that friends of mine use. Just look at, setup a free account if you don't have one, and look on the main, signed in page for a line labelled "Organize". I haven't used them myself though.

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Old 03-12-2004, 12:39 PM   #4
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U of Mn alumni association offers dial-up service for $130 per year.

Quest Communication offers DSL + MSN ISP for $27 per month. Even though you said that you do not want high-speed service, the cost is close to that of AOL''s dial up.

I am not certain about the address box and calendar, but you can always use Microsoft Windows Outlook for that purpose.

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