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I've had great service and decent pricing from earthlink (also mindspring - same company), andif you are a Sam's Club member, you get $2/month off - so it's $19.95/onth
BellSouth.net is also excellent.
There are also some free (well very low cost ISPs. If you are a COstco member, you can get a cd for FREE access through them.
It's getting harder to hitch a free ride on the information superhighway. Free ISPs are dropping like flies, and it's darn near impossible to find Internet access for less than $10 per month.
Most cheap ISPs limit the time you spend online and force you to look at banner ads, but if you're getting something for next to nothing, you can expect to put up with a few inconveniences.
CNET tested four of the most popular low-cost dial-up ISPs in the United States. Find out which one delivers maximum service with minimum hassle.
Looking for a bargain ISP that will give you Rolls Royce service for a Yugo price? For a small fee, this ISP goes beyond the basics.
Strictly speaking, DotNow isn't free: you have to cough up a bundle of personal data, sacrifice some screen space to an ad banner, and pay $9.95 just to download the software. But, after the onetime investment, you get unlimited, free Internet access. Plus, DotNow provides an e-mail account with a hefty 20MB of storage space and offers responsive, live tech support. As low-cost ISPs go, DotNow is practically a steal. Still, despite the demise of so many of its competitors, DotNow continues to offer unlimited, free access--after you pony up the onetime $9.95 setup fee. DotNow isn't perfect: it suffers from its fair share of busy signals and service interruptions, but if you want to get online for nothing, you'll have to accept occasional hiccups. In any case, DotNow's offerings and price still beat those of most of its low-cost competitors. Only Juno's fee-based service comes close. Click here to go to their page.
Juno's free Internet access plan doesn't include much online time, but at least it's free: that's more than we can say for any of its competitors. Plus, for $14.95 per month ($9.95 if you upgrade from the free service), the Juno Web plan gives you unlimited Internet access, oodles of dial-up numbers, and free tech support. Juno's monthly payment plan may seem expensive compared to DotNow's one-time-only fee, but considering the company's staying power, Juno may be the better bargain in the long run. Click here to go to their page.
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