The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dial Up

Date posted: September 4th, 2014

Dial Up internet has been around since time providing its customers with access to the internet via a phone line. Although it is not as popular today as it once was there are still millions of people who use the service.  Why? You might ask yourself, because there are both advantages and disadvantages of dial up.


Dial up internet is first and foremost the cheapest way to connect to the internet.  Unlike broadband you are able to pay for dial up on a pay as you go service. This means that you only need to pay for the internet you use. Broadband on the other hand requires a monthly charge for you regardless of the fact that you may not have used the web that month.  The pay as you go service is great for those who only connect to the internet every so often rather than on a daily basis.

Have you ever had trouble using the internet and setting up? With dial up these problems are eliminated. The service is extremely easy to use as there is no need to purchase any hardware and maintain it.  Dial up works by getting its internet connection through the phone line meaning no messy installations are required.

This brings us onto the connectivity of dial up.  Because the connection is received through the phone line dial up is perfect for those who live in rural areas.  The reason for this is that broadband often has difficulty reaching these areas because they have no masts erected in the areas. This means that those who are living in rural areas and using broadband are more often than not paying for a service they do not fully receive.

Another excellent advantage of dial up is the fact that it is mobile. As long as you have access to a phone line you have access to the internet.  This is great for those who work away a lot or for those who want to travel the world.


The connection that you get through dial up is nowhere near as fast as the connection you would get with broadband.  This means that the time to load a page on the internet can take as long as it takes you to make a brew. The internet is also unavailable unless you are connected to an ISP, which can only be done through a telephone line.  Because dial up requires the use of the phone line it also means that whilst you are using the internet your phone is out of use, unless you have another phone line installed.

Dial up can experience lots of disconnections whilst you are surfing the net. For example if your internet activity has been inactive for some time the ISP will tend to disconnect you. This meant that if you wanted to keep a page up to show somebody it would no longer be active later on requiring you to dial back in.

Gaming is another problem for dial up.  Due to its slow speeds it is incapable of streaming games, films and music.  This means if you want to use the internet for such things you will be unable to do so.

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