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Hey guys, when u travel in us, what service provider for a dial up connection have u found to cover the most cities? I guess I could use aol, but loaded it once 5 years ago, and just hated the way it took over my computer. Any insights are appreciated. Tks.

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I don't travel much internationally but close friends who do tell me that Compuserve is best. Or they did before AOL bought it. Haven't heard since.

 

Around the US, there are "dark spots" for many providers. MSN has been very good for me most places, but in Little Rock it was a bust. So I also maintain an AT&T Worldnet account, which also tries to take over your computer. Fortunately I know enough to work around that.

 

These days, I'm mostly just using MSN. But that's mostly because it's a "sponsored" account and doesn't cost me anything.

 

I still keep all three, though. (Compuserve, MSN, and WorldNet) Because when one fails, another invariably works. But there's no distinct pattern I've noticed.

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I use AT&T Worldnet and have never had any problems domestically. And I have never had a problem with it trying to taking over my MAC... but I sure did with AOL several years ago!!

 

I know someone wh uses Netzero and was impressed not only with the ease of finding and establishing a connection in a strange town -- but it is FREE also. I tried to sign up but alas, they don't support MACs which seems really lame to me since 99% of the required software is platfrom independent. :-(

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Guest Matt Adams

I would suggest earthlink. They are consistently number one of dial up ISPs, and always provided me with a very reliable bring my own access to AOL.

 

Quite frankly, any escort should also consider using earthlink because it serves as a handy back up when things dont go right with AOL.

 

Matt Adams

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let me say, I am a computer idiot and a Mac user (it's what I learned on and what I know) AOL has done well with me, never had a problem until this weekend. I travel loads. In San Francisco, I could not get a connection. There was a problem with the hotel line. I called AOL and they talked me through it, including adding commas between numbers, and so on and so on. Turned out, the only thing that worked was to connect directly to the wall and not the data port through the phone. AOHell has its problems but it's 800 tech support for goofs like me is invaluable. This is not a paid advertisement. . . lol.

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Hi -

 

As a fellow traveler, let me add that you have accidentally discovered something lots of road warriors do not: going directly to the wall and bypassing the phone on the desktop can often lead a much faster connection. Depending on the phone system, connecting through the desktop phone can even make it difficult to get a connection at all.

 

The worst hotel phone systems, in terms of this problem, are those made by Teledex. I don't even try to connect through them anymore.

 

But even with other systems, going through the dataport on the phone can slow you down. It's not supposed to, but it does. It's well worth it to carry a long phone cord to go from your laptop to wherever the wall phone connection is.

 

Happy travels!

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I use Netzero, it's FREE FREE FREE, yeah you get a banner ad, but you AOL users should be used to being bombarded with ads: )

The only problem with Netzero is that it takes a while to load, and it only works in cities that have a dial up # established, otherwise you pay long distance (almost every major city has several dial up #'s) AND it works in Canada as well as the US!!

As far as I'm aware this is the last of the FREE internet access companies, so take advantage.

Matt(has no shares in Netzero)

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Boston Guy,

 

You're playing with fire here. If the hotel's phone system is digital, there's a good chance you'll fry your modem by plugging it directly into the wall outlet.

 

To play this game safely, you need something "LineStein" from Hello Direct. It's a small, portable adaptor that makes it possible to use an analog modem with virtually any phone system, analog or digital.

 

You can buy LineStein at http://www.hello-direct.com. From the home page, do a product search on "LineStein"

 

(Truth in advertising disclaimer: I was Director of Direct Marketing for Hello Direct before retiring in 1998.)

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>I travel a lot and I

>use Earthlink - even internationally.

 

Really? I had nothing but trouble with them.

 

Perhaps they've resolved their issues. My sister swears by them, but I could never connect when traveling. I cancelled Earthlink out of frustration.

 

MSN has started to tick me off, so I may try Earthlink again. I'll *certainly* use you as a referral.

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An Elegant Exit? PIC

 

dear matt:

 

i know no one ever made as elegant an exit as the incomparable Ms. Young:

 

http://www.lorettayoung.com/y154.jpg

 

but whenever i exit Netzero, I x the little button but am still stuck with "My Favorite Netzero" and am forced to re-boot my computer in order to do anything.

 

What am I doing wrong?

 

Thanks,

jizz

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Yeah, I know... that's what they say.

 

But you know us software guys -- we never listen to what the hardware guys say. We just plug it in and blame the hardware if it doesn't work. :-)

 

Honestly, you've given good advice. But I travel with so much crap now that I don't want to carry more. I've thought about frying my modem so many times as I plugged in directly, but I've never had a problem. Maybe I'm just lucky.

 

Now what is that smoke coming from the side of my laptop??

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Escorts should get out of the AOL mode of thinking. Sure, they can have an AOL account, but their main email addres should be something else - anything but AOL. Because as soon as AOL finds them, they are cancelled and what happens to their customer base? They have no way of knowing where their guy is and they move on.

 

I keep preaching this message, sadly, to no avail.

 

HooBoy

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