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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a dial-up connection?

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For most people choosing to use dial-up, it's the price point that is the most beneficial factor, but the stark difference in speed is often what turns many consumers off. In today's broadband world, being capped off at 56kbps is a handicap.

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While it might be startling to realize, there are still quite a few companies offering dial-up Internet connections to the public. Alternately, only about 3 percent of U.S. households still use this service. Meanwhile, about 10 percent have no Internet service at all. This can lead a person to wonder why a company is still advertising such an outdated method of accessing the Internet. However, given the option, most people would rather have some method of staying connected than none at all. Unfortunately, a dial-up connection greatly limits what a person can do and see while online. Those with a high-speed connection have access to just about everything there is to see and do online, while those limited to a sluggish dial-up connection may be able to access only their email and the odd bulletin board forum. Depending on an individual's perspective, it can be sobering to realize that of those 3 percent of American homes with dial-up service, virtually none of them are interested in changing to a faster connection.

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