I wonder whether it is really too much to pay £17.50 a month for NTL broadband. I'm on a lower income than anybody I know of, but I still reckon it is well worth paying £200 a year for a fast connection.
I used to pay more per month for the 1p a minute service from OneTel and would never want to return to dial-up again. It really is only good enough for email. My friend pays only £5 a month for dial-up, but then he rarely uses it for browsing or downloading stuff.
NTL is fine as long as nothing goes wrong, but getting help can be difficult. I don't have a landline either, so waiting in the call queue is not an option. I just pray that it keeps working, which it does 29 days in a month.