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This requires a phone line and a modem (internal or external) and the phone number of the ISP. Speeds up to 56Kbps are available. Connection is via the phone line and can either be a free phone number (you pay a monthly charge to the ISP) or a premium rate number where the ISP gets a percentage of the call costs. Which is cheaper depends on the amount of time you need to access the Internet. You can also use dial-up to connect your computer to the Internet via a mobile phone.

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