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When did you last use dial up Internet?

  • 12-02-2023 1:20pm
    Registered Users Posts: 60 ✭✭

    2007 for me.



  • Registered Users Posts: 28,790 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    cant remember, but probably around the same

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,528 ✭✭✭✭briany


    2006/2007 may have been the greatest year in the history of the Internet because not everyone was on it yet, but you had Youtube and so on. It was that fleeting sweet spot between old and new eras. In 2007, the iPhone would be released, social media would explode, and things would never be quite the same.

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 79,985 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sephiroth_dude

    2003, we got broadband that year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,633 ✭✭✭10-10-20

    Mini-boast: I got onto the ADSL trial with Telecom Eireann in either 1999 or 2000. We had 128kB up/down, then went to 256kB and then 512kB and I think we stayed on that for about 3 years. Then we were moved to another type of DSL where the upload/download speeds weren't asymmetrical.

    Initially there was little fire-walling between hosts on the local ADSL exchange and the network subnet was a pretty wide scope, so we could browse using WINS for hosts and find other PC's on the network. Dangerous as feck. 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,800 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Around ‘06 or ‘07 by my reckoning. Where I lived then, internet was beyond slow

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  • Registered Users Posts: 131 ✭✭pnott

    We got broadband in the summer of 2003. Before that we got ISDN in 1998. ISDN had its own phone line and was around 128kb which at the time was mind blowing. The biggest advantage of ISDN was it was a flat monthly fee so you could use it as much as you wanted without tying up the main phone line.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,593 ✭✭✭theteal

    I think the old man got the UPC connection around 2002/3. We only got the PC in 2000 (about 3 weeks after I had started my IT degree :D ) so we only ever had dial-up for 18-24 months iirc.

    Edit - or was there a period of ISDN between dial-up and cable. . . .memory is very vague. . . .drunk student years

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,273 ✭✭✭BrianD3

    2009, I retired my Win 98 Pentium II computer at the same time as getting broadband.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,666 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    May 2007.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,037 ✭✭✭Mister Vain

    The day we got high speed broadband out in the bog for the first time. Not a single sod of turf was footed for about a month.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,790 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78 say there was plenty of tossing going on though!

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,905 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    2003. I had ADSL, I was freelancing in web development from my folk’s house, and me and another guy had built a site for a tour operator in Majorca. We were due to go live on a particular day at a particular time, when all of a sudden my broadband went down. On to support, and they had no indication when it would be back.

    Scrambled through the recycling bin looking for one of the CD-ROMs that came with the Sunday papers back then promoting ISPs. Found one with a free trial for some dial-up provider, installed the software, registered and got set up on a shïtty 56 kbit/s connection that just about let us get the site live on time.

    Broadband came back online about an hour later, and I was able to cancel the trial and never looked back.

  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭niallpatrick

    2002 I think, latest 2003. I used various dial -ups and settled with the same providers as my telephone provider BT (rip off) I'm not an android but the dialling out tone I knew if I had a dial up hi-jack and my comp was full of browser and dial up hi-jacks which Nortons fixed. Also the last time I had a 419.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,059 ✭✭✭Sarn

    2003, got broadband that year. Looking into the available options is what got me signed up to boards!

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    Circa 2006

    dial up 1999

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,425 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    I haven't a clue tbh. It seems like a lifetime ago.

  • Registered Users Posts: 199 ✭✭Astro1996

    October 2001

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,879 ✭✭✭Lewis_Benson

    December 04

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,802 ✭✭✭sunbeam

    Until I got Three mobile broadband in 2009. I held onto my utivinternet account until 2010 as the signal was so unreliable at first. God, I remember the excitement here when UTV launched their first dialup paclkages.

    Trying to sort out HSCSD on my mobile was what got me onto Boards.

    I'm still on Three mobile broadband...

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,344 ✭✭✭Homelander

    Around 2002 I waved goodbye to pings of 500 in Unreal Tournament and download speeds of 3kb/s.

    It was mind-blowing being able to suddenly download an entire song in 60 seconds compared to 10-15 minutes before.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,002 ✭✭✭Mike Litoris

    Nearly sure it was late 2003. UTVBroadband! :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 276 ✭✭Jazz Hands

    Germany 2003/2004 I think

  • Registered Users Posts: 60 ✭✭Qŵèrþÿ

    This thread is only loading now for the people who are still using it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,453 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    Still using it, the 4K porn takes ages to download. Getting a frame per day I think.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,023 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,268 ✭✭✭AllForIt

    Can't remember exactly but it was somewhere between 2001 and 2003. Was living in London at the time and I upgraded to broadband as soon as it was first introduced by BT.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,077 ✭✭✭the whole year inn

    Plenty of heat coming from the monitors , turf waste of time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,333 ✭✭✭OneEightSeven

    June 2006 in my house, but I could connect to dialup through my router, we changed provider after the contract was up because Digiweb throttled the speeds when you exceeded their cap. The last time I used dailup was in late-2007/early-2008 at a friend's house.

  • Registered Users Posts: 887 ✭✭✭morritty

    Feels like I'm using it today, moved to the midlands from Dublin and gone from 1gb down to 20 mb down

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  • Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 11,053 Mod ✭✭✭✭MarkR

    I just had a look through some old emails, and I was still on a dial up service with UTV (3 mb download speed!) in 2008, so about 2009 I think when I got Chorus / UPC