Discussion in 'polls' started by Rita, Jul 14, 2004.
what are everyones opinion on this?
I hook up to the Internet through a pc users group. They have a contract with SBC to provide dsl service for those that want it. I want it!
There are many internet providers from which to choose.
Comcast has always been there the few times I've needed them, no matter what hour, and they have been very gracious. (Now this is the time I knock on wood).
I use pioneer internet. subsidary of pioneer telephone pioneer Since I have been with them they have not been down for two hours in the last three years. And they have an outstanding support system. [real people]
I've been with Golden Triangle since the start of my internet days, going on 7 years now. They're a regional independent (southern Ontario and Quebec) with top-notch service and reputation to match --95-plus percent of their new business comes from recommendations from satisfied customers and computer pros, so their advertising budget is virtually zilch.
Help-desk staff are excellent and 24/7, with rarely any waiting worth mentioning -- even if there's major system problems and everyone's calling in, 5 to 10 minutes wait is tops. And in a case like that, there's normally a system-status message included at the beginning of their menu, so as often as not you don't even need to speak to a "live" rep.
The best part is a sheer fluke of luck -- they're HQ'd right here in town, so if it's easier to discuss something face to face rather than over the phone, they're right downtown.
I like Access4less, it's a low cost dialup service provider. If you only need basic dialup you can't beat it. Also good as a backup ISP or if you travel the country (USA) alot. Only $4.95 a month (month to month payments) thru this link http://access4less.net/indexgo.htm Plus a one time setup fee of $8. Unlimited internet access throughout the USA. Consistent dialup speeds of 46-48k (or higher). I know some who claim 49-50k, no matter what time of day. That's better than i got with AOL, at about $24. a month. I used to get 46-48k max with AOL dialup.
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Be seeing you
My favourite local broadband ISP is Starhub. Their service has been operating at least 98% properly all the time. On some occasions, there are usually some internet attacks across the network. But, the broadband network is still stable and ok.
Starhub also gave me some free gifts as part of their customer loyalty program. The free gifts include a television, and 1 DVD player.
You can visit my ISP's website at www.starhub.com
StarHub is a Singapore-based info-communications company providing a full range of information, communications and entertainment services over fixed, mobile and Internet platforms.
thanks for the link
BackAgain do they make you download their software?
do they time you out alot?
A4L supports DUN. Max connection time is 5 hours. But you can re-connect right away without problem. No problem with being kicked off if you use DUN.
"Best" isn't as easy for me to judge as I'd like it to be. With Comcast as our service provider, the c-net meter usually "clocks" me at in excess of 4000 kbps, and outages in our area have been rare and brief. They are the only broadband provider we have access to, and I guess most would regard the service one of the best available.
When I had most of their garbage out, I got a huge window with their logo and the message that I had no Internet connection and wouldn't, until I downloaded the t-wizard. I closed it by clicking the X in the corner, and the Internet was there, as always. It was a lie...a bluff to get me to [re]install their tgcmd.exe, etc.
I'm satisfied with their service but I detest the company for manipulating and lying to their customers, and a general policy of deceit. It was lousy of them to set up back door access to information from my computer (like my favourites/bookmarked sites list) that is none of their friggin' business AND they'd specifically stated they would not gather in advance of the fact. Several months ago, they ignored my email asking them to resolve the problems I have intermittently because they've got the domain on a spammer blacklist, so certain domains don't always "like" comcast correspondence. It's easier to use a free, web-based account for some things than to fight with them while they don't participate.
Every time I'm reminded of my own internet provider, the adrenalin level rises. I feel better now that I typed the above very fast!
o.k. thanks for the info
I'm glad you asked those questions Blabhead, they are important things to know, and thanks for answering them F123, i've been kinda busy.
I also wanted to let you know that i recommend using the DUN connection, as F123 said, rather than the software provided by A4L. I heard a lot of folks say the software sorta takes over your computer somewhat and is hard to remove. By using the DUN your safe from any problems with the A4L software.
Also here's a good site to check for ISPs http://www.freedomlist.com a lot of people have posted comments there about the various ISPs, including A4L.
im using bell sympatico
This question is even more difficult than i.e: What is the best AV?
I am satisfied with my ISP.
Adsl down: 2.2 Mbit/s and up 416 Kbit/s
Unlimited down-/upload quota
5 e-mail adresses with each 5 aliases
40 Mb webpage
Standard spam filter (which I don't use)
Optional AV filter
Downtime last year 1 hour (planned maintenance)
Never had any trouble so far by now.
Paying € 49.95 monthly total (thats ISP + Phone co.)
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