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21-Oct-2008, 07:32 PM #1
Net Zero - Is it any good?
My dad wants to lower his monthly internet bill. Currently he's paying 30.00 a month with verizon dsl and Net Zero is 10 a month for dialup. He only uses the internet to check his email every 3-4 days so he doesn't need the dsl.
I've read a lot of negative things about net zero and just wondered if anyone has any information he should know about before signing up. One of the things I read that seems to be a problem for a lot of people, is that after they try to end service with net zero they continue to take the monthly fee from your checking account (or creditcard) and its very difficult to stop.
Or, is there any other good cheap dialup any more that I don't know about?
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21-Oct-2008, 07:39 PM #2
I used it some time back and didn't have any payment problems.
It's dial up,so it's slow.
Juno is another one owned by the same company now.
You can download thier software,but I suggest you request
the CD for reinstall in case of any problems in the future.
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21-Oct-2008, 09:26 PM #3
Before deciding on a provider make sure they have a local phone number.

I use Pittsburgh Connect for backup/emergency service. I see they have a $6.95/mo. plan that should be sufficient for the intended use. Looks like they don't still have the service that I have--$10 initial sign-up and no more charges unless I go over some number of hours per month.
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21-Oct-2008, 10:00 PM #4
Both NetZero and Juno provide 10 free hours of ad supported internet access/mo. That's something to consider, however, he may not like the slowness of dialup and regret switching.
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21-Oct-2008, 11:13 PM #5
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Before deciding on a provider make sure they have a local phone number..
I checked that and there's about 8 numbers they can choose from, all within their local area.
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21-Oct-2008, 11:17 PM #6
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Both NetZero and Juno provide 10 free hours of ad supported internet access/mo. That's something to consider, however, he may not like the slowness of dialup and regret switching.
I'll have to do some quick math to see if he uses it more than 10 hrs. per month...I doubt it though. Maybe I should look into that one for him!
I don't think he'll even notice the slowness of dialup. What he does (and all he does on the internet) is opens Hotmail and clicks his first message...reads it...then clicks "next"...reads it.....clicks next and etc.......
He's done in about 10-15 minutes, then in about 3 days he does the same thing all over again. I know its going to be a pain for me when I'm visiting and want to use his internet, but I can live with it.

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22-Oct-2008, 02:05 AM #7
He will notice the difference. The NetZero home page takes considerable
time to load.

I believe NetZero/Juno has a promotion going now. Sign up for 1 yr
and pay only $6.95/mo for that 1st yr.

http://www.ispcompared.com/isp.htm
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22-Oct-2008, 05:01 AM #8
The NetZero 'free' service is a bit difficult to locate on the website. Just be sure you sign for the free service!

It wouldn't hurt to give it a try. Nothing would be lost.

My present ISP is "Toast," yes that is the name. Google for it. Costs only $9.95/month or $7.95 for a 12 month contract. I am close to 100% satisfied, with only minor, occasional problems. Also has an accelerator that helps with pictures and graphics. That requires setting up a proxy connection within Toast. However, this feature does not always auto activate- one of the minor problems.

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22-Oct-2008, 10:03 AM #9
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My present ISP is "Toast," yes that is the name. Google for it. Costs only $9.95/month or $7.95 for a 12 month contract.[redoak}
What a clever name for an ISP..."toast"
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