The old way of connecting to the internet
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Dialup is a type of internet connection where a computer accesses the internet through a telephone cord directly connected to the modem. The computer dials a telephone number operated by the ISP, and the computer accesses the internet through the phone line.
Download speeds (especially if the modem is a 28K or 14K) are slower on dialup than on ISDN, DSL, Cable, T1, T3, etc. Using dialup occupies the phone line, so one cannot make a telephone call at the same time that one uses the internet. One solution would be to get a second telephone line.
Dialup was popular from the beginning of the internet, but became less popular as broadband services became available in many countries. By 2008, 10% of American adults still used dialup, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project.