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Virgin's dial-up internet service is closing on 21st May 2013.


Aitchbee
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The letter [which I recieved this morning] goes on to say:-

"We're really sorry the dial-up internet is closing. This doesn't mean you have to miss out on Virgin Broadband, though.

If however you choose not to take an alternative Virgin Broadband service your email service will close 90 days after 21st May."

I will be sad to see the end of the dial-up service.

Will my virgin mobile broadband usb modem count as 'an alternative Virgin Broadband service, thus enabling me to keep their email service?

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spuds

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You'll have to keep us in the loop about speeds etc, which I hope doesn't keep you from your other interests in life :O)

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Aitchbee

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spuds - tried it 'hard-wired' connected to 4 old computers, one at a time.

Result:-works very fast on two of 'em and very slow on the other two - I tried lookin' at some youtube videos with hi-quality sound as a rough 'test of speed'[just minor stutter on video] but will 'get back' to y'all with more scientific speedtest data ASAP.

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D@ve

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Aitchbee, I'm curious. If you've been able to get a fibre optic connection all this time, why have you opted to stay with dialup for so long? The thought of going back to dial up sends shivers down my spine!

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Aitchbee

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spuds - using 'SPEEDTEST.net':

[Ping ~ 19ms] [D/L speed ~ 31.4 Mbps] [U/L speed ~ 2.02 Mbps]

I did 10 test runs; Ping Test was between Glasgow 'n' Edinburgh.

D@ve - my dial-up connection speed was enhanced with 'Onspeed' [a paid for software package] which made web-browsing speeds ... I only use a handful of sites ... quite respectable. I also used 'Staylive' [free software to prevent any dropouts or timeouts].

Software updates now take minutes instead of many hours and 'Youtube' is now a welcome addition to my favourite web-sites.

PS. with 'Onspeed' still installed, it tells my I am still getting a further speed increase of 3.5, but when using SPEEDTEST.net along with 'Onspeed' there was no appreciable difference in performance.

PPS. I still use my mobile broadband dongle as it's handy for the 'tablet' when outdoors.

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