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When did you 1st get home internet?

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Bit of a strange question but has been in the news a lot, folks not getting decent broadband speeds and got me reminiscing about when i 1st went online. I remember getting NTL dial-up in 1998 and …
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Bit of a strange question but has been in the news a lot, folks not getting decent broadband speeds and got me reminiscing about when i 1st went online.

I remember getting NTL dial-up in 1998 and that was my 1st experience then progressed through Wanadoo (1Mb), Bulldog (8Mb), Be (24Mb) and now o2 (20Mb).

Makes me kinda lucky to have the 16Mb i get when you hear of folks still on dial-up or low broadband.......
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Started with AOL in 1997, had a free dial up trial but was 5p a minute when the trial ran out, imagine paying that now!
#2
Good grief, 5p per min for dial up :w00t: that'd be insane!
#3
Cant remember when i first got internet, but i remmeber when i first started downloadeing i could download around 10 songs a night. (i think)
#4
I got my first computer and dial up internet back when an Epsom 486 was the 'new' thing. 13/14 /15 years ago - too many years to remember
#5
Yep, remember it taking about 30 minutes to download a single! (3 minute track!)
#6
Money Spinning
Started with AOL in 1997, had a free dial up trial but was 5p a minute when the trial ran out, imagine paying that now!


Same year, same package!

I remember falling asleep once and leaving it running (got a 2nd line installed in my room at my parents house) - then went out - then came home and realised . . . bill came in at nearly £100 :w00t:
#7
think first got mine 1993 and was using a amiga on dial up with a speed of around 14k
#8
1999.
#9
About 1998 started off with freeserve and later went on to AOL. anyone remember when the net used to boot up? made thet strange pinging sound.
#10
i remember having to pay a yearly susbscription of bout £100 BEFORE any dial up charges were made lol
banned#11
1994....... But had Prestel via my BBC Micro with a whopping speed of about 2Kbps in 1984.

Not sure on BB. Think it was 1997. Whatever the year, the date was October 4th. 4 days after BT Openworld starting rolling out BB in the UK @ £40pm for a 512K connection.










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#12
1997 -- I used to sit there, waiting for 6 o/c to come along so that the cost went down :(
#13
scallygally;5549460
anyone remember when the net used to boot up? made thet strange pinging sound.
Sorry i DO know what you mean, the modem chimes, but i took it, on 1st glance as someone's job to start the internet :giggle:
Imagine if that was your job and you only did 9 to 5 and out of hours, the net was down? Horrible prospect :)

@Guv, 1984? Blimey talk about early adopters lol
#14
scallygally
About 1998 started off with freeserve and later went on to AOL. anyone remember when the net used to boot up? made thet strange pinging sound.


I remember a noise like a fax machine... screaming lol
#15
mrspatch
1997 -- I used to sit there, waiting for 6 o/c to come along so that the cost went down :(


glad i wasnt the only one!!
#16
Freeserve PAYG in 1999 :-D
#17
My first internet connection was with company called Prestel-on-Line in Feb 1997. A dial up service ,like most peoples were at that time . Then ,went to tiscali ,freeserve ,tesco and maybe a few others before settling with BT Broadband . Seen huge changes in the internet since then ,more likely to come.
banned#18
boydent999


@Guv, 1984? Blimey talk about early adopters lol


It wasn't internet... it was the Prestel service. "Web pages" looked exactly like TV text pages - and you not only paid for the calls being made, but per page loaded!!!

Linky..... That service started in 1979, making me a late starter!!!
#19
guv;5549516
It wasn't internet... it was the Prestel service. "Web pages" looked exactly like TV text pages - and you not only paid for the calls being made, but per page loaded!!!

Linky..... That service started in 1979, making me a late starter!!!

Ah right i see, tbh, never heard of it :oops:
Sounds expensive mind
#20
I didnt even know the internet was so widely available as this by these dates lol

gawd!
banned#21
boydent999
Ah right i see, tbh, never heard of it :oops:
Sounds expensive mind


Compared to £12pm for a 16.5Gb connection with unlimited downloads, it was!

Got absolutely no idea what I used to pay at the time, but do know I was pretty selective with the amount of time online and number of pages accessed. Just a tad different to now!

Once I had pucker internet in 1994, I'd say I spend most of my time in usenet and not web pages. Quite remeniscent of Misc today - but un-moderated. Oh lawd!:w00t:
#22
If we're talking Internet, I first had it at home in 1995 via Compuserve. It was weird because their main interface was organised in rooms or forums (all over a 14.4 USR Sportster). They supplied an Internet browser too, so you could access the rest of the WWW properly. I remember trying to download Simpsons sounds for my self-built 386 but not being able to convert the aiff files :( I think I was paying £12 a month, but still had to pay for the phone calls AND was restricted to 5 hours a month before needing to pay more for each hour accessed afterwards!

BBS's (Bulletin Board Services) are another matter. I was accessing these using a 2400bps modem a few years previous (about 1991 I think).
banned#23
Anyone remember or use jungle.com? Used to use the floppy disc AOL for free for 30days.
#24
About 97 / 98. Signed up with Global internet on my nice new £1200 P200 with 32mb ram anf 6GB HD
Global internet cost me £110 for the year and then had to pay for phonecalls too.
#25
cant remember what year i started, but i started off with Screaming Net which was free but you had to have the phone line with them, i had a rouge dialer cost me nearly £100 in dial up fees :x

then freeserve >wannadoo & now orange as they are ! i pay £17 a month i know i can get it cheaper but ive not had a moments problem with freeserve >wannadoo & now orange since all the time ive been with them.
#26
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#27
I can't remember when I started nline, but I do recall that my first forum posting was halloween 1998.

I went through a few ISPs between then and October 12th 2000. I don't remember what many of them were called, but I remember being part of Madasafish and someone else. I was with RedHotAnt, the country's first subscription 0800 ISP. I wasn't with them long. I didn't pay for the account. Me and about thirty people shared the same login details, and I think it's largely our fault that the company soon collapsed.

There was X-Stream, too. They were the first 0800 and totally free ISP. It was all paid for through adverts. Unfortunately, it was all hideously oversubscribed, so it was hard to even get connected, nevermind get a decent speed.

I started with AOL's flat-cost package October 12th 2000. I know the date, because that's the day after Donald Dewar died, and the phonebill from my interweb addiction (paid for at 5p a minute, eek) came through. It wasn't a pretty bill.

Since then, I think it's been:

Plus.net
UK Net
Bulldog
(some crap company who gave me 512kbps)
Be
O2

I found it amazing going from 56k to 500k in the AOL to Plus switch. I still get a tingle of excitemnet when I get a download of 2MB/s with O2.
banned#28
richp
cant remember what year i started, but i started off with Screaming Net which was free but you had to have the phone line with them, i had a rouge dialer cost me nearly £100 in dial up fees :x

then freeserve >wannadoo & now orange as they are ! i pay £17 a month i know i can get it cheaper but ive not had a moments problem with freeserve >wannadoo & now orange since all the time ive been with them.


I remember using red hot isp for months for free. Was an account being passed around the internet was nice and fast too.
#29
bluedave
I got my first computer and dial up internet back when an Epsom 486 was the 'new' thing. 13/14 /15 years ago - too many years to remember


The WWW was only made about 10 years ago?
Don't remember when but I used to brag about having 56k lol! and was one my ps2 once and this guy was on about a router and how he could play on his ps2 and go on the pc at the same time and i was like :w00t:!!
#30
1996(ish) Just before I joined the Army. Had BT dial up, you paid a monthly sub + 1p a minute. Then had Broadband in germany in 1998 since returned to the UK had BT Broadband all the time, I get it free now though (I wouldn't pay for it, would be with Be/O2 if has to pay)
#31
Met-Cast
The WWW was only made about 10 years ago?
Don't remember when but I used to brag about having 56k lol! and was one my ps2 once and this guy was on about a router and how he could play on his ps2 and go on the pc at the same time and i was like :w00t:!!


I was using the WWW in 1994, so that blows that theory out of the water :w00t:

Read the WWW wiki if you want to know for sure.
banned#32
Met-Cast
The WWW was only made about 10 years ago?


Wonder what I was using with aohell in 94 then :thumbsup:
#33
mrspatch
1997 -- I used to sit there, waiting for 6 o/c to come along so that the cost went down :(


:thumbsup:
#34
Wow how things have moved on. My dad signed up with proweb in Sep 1994. They were one of the few offering unlimited package and 28.8k. £49 per month and £500 for the modem! How mad was that!

Moved to Diamond cable in 1996, which were bought out by NTL then Virgin.

Was on cable and wireless when I lived outside cable area.
banned#35
Got mine at the end of 1995 and it was so slow could never cope with that these days :roll:
#36
lovecharm
Got mine at the end of 1995 and it was so slow could never cope with that these days :roll:


It's all about what you get used to.

Go back to 1997 and unless you had money to burn on dual-channel ISDN2 or a T1 line, you were accessing the Internet on a 56k modem. If you were lucky, you'd see about 49Kbit (or 5kbytes after overheads) a second. However, the majority of web pages were geared towards this and were not so feature rich - for instance, it was almost a blanket rule when setting up a web site that the largest image size would be 50Kb. It's only as the baseline has increased that web pages are more and more bandwidth hungry.

I must admit - I still remember the day when I got 512k ADSL and almost fell of my chair with the speed difference. :p
#37
I had net 1st in 2000 on Sega Dremcast,was rather limited,didn't use it much.
I had dial up with AOL from 2002,changed to Broadband about 1 yr later and then went with BT Broadband in 2007,still with them at moment.
#38
colinsunderland
Wonder what I was using with aohell in 94 then :thumbsup:


I might be wrong, but wasn't AOL launched in the UK in 1996? Numerous references to suggest so, but the BBC article from 1998 seems pretty good:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/208515.stm

Look at the difference in page layout!
#39
foxymissroxy
i remember having to pay a yearly susbscription of bout £100 BEFORE any dial up charges were made lol


Oh yes. 1995 Demon Internet. Subscription charges + a massive monthly phone bill. 33.6 modem on a P75 :lol:

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