Comparisons of AT&T DSL to Dial-Up Speeds

by Myles Ellison

Dial-up Internet typically runs on download speeds no more than 56 Kbps. AT&T DSL has Internet plans with the lowest download speed at 768 Kbps. That means the least expensive, slowest AT&T DSL Internet package is almost 14 times faster than traditional dial-up Internet. AT&T offers four DSL high-speed Internet packages that are all faster than traditional dial-up.

AT&T DSL Packages

AT&T packages feature download speeds from 768 Kbps to 6.0 Mbps and upload speeds from 128 Kbps to 512 Kbps. At the time of publication, the cost is $14.95 per month for every package except the fastest package, which is $19.95. The equipment -- a Wireless Gateway modem -- is free for the two fastest packages because customers have to sign up for a one-year contract. However, customers get a $100 rebate when ordering online, whereas the two slower packages require $100 for the Wireless Gateway modem. All plans come with 11 email accounts with 10 MB of web space, 24-hour customer service and the option of purchasing insurance separately.

Dial-up

AT&T, as well as many other Internet service providers, offers dial-up Internet. Dial-up requires users to either purchase a new phone line for the service or not use the phone while on the Internet. While dial-up Internet service providers provide email accounts and web space, there often are fewer perks. For example, in AT&T's case, the standard dial-up is $22.95 at the time of publication, and it offers a personalized web page and 10 email accounts. Dial-up, in this case, would not be a great value; however, if high-speed DSL is not provided in your area, dial-up plans may be the only way to receive Internet access.

Considerations

Consider whether AT&T high-speed DSL Internet is provided in your area to help determine your choice. Strictly in terms of speed, dial-up is much slower than DSL. If the Internet is used primarily for web surfing and emailing, dial-up is a viable option. However, if downloading videos, music or working from home is the intended purpose of the Internet, consider high-speed access if it is available in your area.

Installation

With dial-up, installation involves purchasing a traditional phone jack and cord and plugging the computer into the phone jack. With DSL Internet, a modem has to be purchased as well as an Ethernet cord. While both installation processes can be executed by novice computer users, dial-up is a bit easier to install.

About the Author

Based in Providence, R.I., Myles Ellison has been writing professionally since 2007. He has published work in the "MCLA Beacon" and "Tourism Review International." In 2010, Ellison began profiling small-business owners while working on a street revitalization project. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, concentrating in English, journalism and anthropology.

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