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It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the Great Man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Broadband Searching

I'm on the hunt for a broadband ISP at the moment. It's a long process of reading user's reviews of their experiences with different Internet Service Providers. I'm not looking for the perfect ISP, just one that's reliable and provides good speed, at a reasonable price. There are a few on my list, some have free connection, others offer free broadband modems (not that I need one).

I have to admit that Australia was pretty backward when it came to ADSL broadband (the one you get through the telephone line). I had a 512k connection with a 12Gb/month download quota.

I guess the problem is I'm spoilt for choice here, with offerings from 512k up to 8Mb connections, though why anyone would want to choose an 8Mb line with a paltry 3Gb/month download limit is beyond me!

Anyway, right now I'm connected to the net via my mobile phone! I signed up for a new T-mobile UK phone contract whilst I was at Singapore Airport. I chose the cheapest line rental I could find, with a 1-month minimum term, and added T-mobile's new Web'n'Walk Professional to it, giving me 2Gb/month of internet access via GPRS (or 3G if you have it). The Web'n'Walk Professional add-on lets me use my laptop to access the net, but bars the use of VOIP or Instant Messaging (I rarely use either). My trusty Treo 650 makes a great bluetooth modem, so it hasn't been too bad, but I'm basically back to dialup speeds here.

My search continues... Big Smile

Posted at 10:13 pm by alkam

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