Choosing which type of Internet access to get can be a tough decision for some computer users. The decision comes down to three choices: regular dialup, accelerated dialup or broadband access.
To help you better understand the three choices, I will break down what each of them entails.
1. Regular dialup is just a modem-to-phone-line connection to your Internet Service Provider. The speed of your connection depends on factors such as the speed of your modem. Modems these days can be purchased fairly cheaply and are usually 56K speed. Older systems might have modems with speeds of 14.4K, 28.8.K or 33.6K. This is the cheapest form of access to acquire, with prices ranging from free - see Juno at www.juno.com or NetZero at www.netzero.net - up to $24.95.
2. Accelerated dialup is an added service that a lot of ISPs are offering for a little more that their regular dialup fee. It is still a modem-to-phone-line connection to your ISP - but on caffeine. What I mean by that is that Web pages will load faster because the ISP has them cached on their server. But keep in mind that the modem connection speeds are the same as above. Downloading or uploading files still will be delivered at the same rate as a regular dialup.