Still not ready for high speed? Or you are often on the road? Dial-up gives you access to our all-digital network of dial-up numbers providing unlimited dial-up access across the Canada. All you need to do is to change the access number to the
one in that region, and the connection should work without a glitch.
access is free, so don't worry about extra fees. If you want to access from
outside our calling regions though, you will have to pay for any applicable long
distance fees (which are out of our control).
If your modem support V.92 protocol (new protocol used by 56k modems), you can even get:
- Faster page displays, up to 100% faster (V.44 Compression protocol).
Thanks to the new V.44
compression system, browsing the web and downloading text-type files is
faster. Your mileage may vary, but our own tests indicate webpage download to be
as much as a whooping 15k/s , and a plain text file (.txt) download up to 25k/s.
We have to stress out here that we did the tests on a commercial line (which in
our case is clear of interference), so home users might not get this type of
results. It also depends on the quality of your modem, the age of your modem
drivers, and a few other things.
- Modem-On-Hold™ (take calls while on the internet).
One of the main reasons V.92 was created, was to provide an
alternative to High-Speed connections, in regions where the service was not
available. When someone calls you, the phone rings and the internet is put "on
hold" from our servers, so you can pick up the receiver and talk to the person
(up to a limit of 16 minutes). If you decide to hang up, internet transmissions
will resume as before, but if you decide to continue talking after 16 minutes,
then the internet is cut out and you will have to reconnect to the internet
- Quick Connect (faster dial-up connection).
The V.92 introduces Quick Connect and a shorter handshake
sequence (when you actually connect to the internet), which can speed up your
initial connection to the internet by as much as 30 to 40%. However, our own
internal test did now show any improvements. It might be related to the brand of
modem used, the quality of the phone line, etc. The best thing to do is to try
it out yourself and see!
- Faster file uploads.
The same compression scheme can enable uploads, which
however will not be that much faster (approximately 1-2 k/s more).