While dial-up is a thing of the past for many of us, not everyone's dial-up days are in the past. Still, that's not stopping British Telecom in its plans to pull the plug on dial-up in just a couple of weeks' time. The company is cutting off its dial-up service on September 1.
The Telegraph reports that BT has reached out to its customers still on 'narrowband' connections to warn them that their service will end come September 1. British Telecom has offered to switch these customers to broadband where broadband service is available. For those that live in areas where broadband is still inaccessible, they'll have to switch to the BT-owned (but independently operated) PlusNet. Unfortunately, BT won't be helping customers to make that switch, and will instead be leaving them to contact PlusNet themselves.
BT says only 1,000 of its customers will find themselves needing to get in touch with PlusNet because where they live is not rigged for broadband. For others, the company says its cheapest broadband package is actually cheaper than dial-up (£10 per month as opposed to £17.25 per month).
It's 1K who have dial-up and live in areas where broadband isn't available.
The actual number is likely somewhat higher.
You're probably right, I was just making a reference to the idea in the article.
What about doing the right thing for their stock holders? It amazes me that some people don't understand a business is in business to make money. They are not in business to provide jobs, provide a service, or help people. They exist solely to make money.
BT has to pay maintenance on outdated equipment that they probably can't find anymore and keeping even a few thousand customers on dial up is too much hassle. There are other cheaper and easier to deal with ways of getting internet even if broadband isn't an option.
I'm guessing there are thousands more on other dial-up ISPs who aren't going to be affected by this.
I ask are you a shareholders? Is that hard to sympathize with people who get screwed by this decision more than with some corporate benemoth? I always wondered why are people today so broken that they know all the reasons why bloodsuckers need to suck blood and don't know either one why that blood would be important to the victims. Well, obviously, people are that broken and today, if myth about David and Gloliath was truth I know whose fan would they be.