The Internet Goes Down

  Crosstrainer2 01 Sep 11

Only a temporary VM outage in my area, all fixed almost before I'd phoned them to report it. Got me thinking of just how much a part of life, and just how dependent I am on it.

All my shopping, from food to well the nice new iPad stand that arrived this morning banking, most communication all relying on that fibre optic connection, and a bunch of servers.

Does pay as you go dialup still exist? I think I might invest in a USB 56k modem in order to have a stand-by probably won't happen again, but you never know.

Makes me wonder what I'd do if there was no affordable connection.

  Quickbeam 01 Sep 11

I've been getting a few of those lately form VM, any idea why?

  Quickbeam 01 Sep 11

I have a Vodafone usb BB dongle for emergency and away from home use.

  interzone55 01 Sep 11

Tesco still offers dial-up internet access

You can usually find plenty of old 56k modems at car boot sales

  cycoze 01 Sep 11

Just a couple of weeks ago I popped round to see someone and order them BB over their dialup connection, I forgot just how slow it was compared to a 2mb BB connection.

A lot of people would freak if they lost the Internet, it plays such a huge part in our lives today.

  woodchip 01 Sep 11

My HP Laptop as Ethernet Socket and Dial Up Socket plus WiFi

  Autoschediastic 01 Sep 11

Im with VM got their 50meg deal and ive been having connection issues on games and what not, i fully agree with Crosstrainer2 when the net does go down its incredible how isolated we become without it, the internet has become a global phenomenon to almost everyone that uses it...

  Crosstrainer2 01 Sep 11


I think they may be upgrading servers, but this was an outage at Thier end, it's normally reliable, but I think I will get modem. I do of course have my data plan for my iPhone, so I wasn't internetless.....A new word? Lol.

  lotvic 01 Sep 11

My standby dial up is it's just pay as you go 0845 rate on your phone bill

  Crosstrainer2 01 Sep 11


Perfect....Just in case!

  lucky1 01 Sep 11

Thanks for that link lotvic. Appreciated.


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