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In the late 90's and on into the year 2000 there were dozens of free ISPs offering unlimited internet access. NetZero started it with their nationally advertised free ISP in 1998 and spent millions on advertising to give away their service. They thought they could offset the costs with advertising banners that you were forced to view at the top of your browser every time you logged on via the special software required to get connected to the Internet.
Unfortunately the so-called "Dotcom Crash" of 2000 - 2001 exposed the inherent flaws in the ad-supported free ISP idea. However there are still a few services offering limited free time online or even unlimited dial-up access service in select areas. If you are a casual Internet user or are looking for a backup, there are still some free ISPs to choose from.
If you're a serious Internet surfer and need unlimited access we suggest you try one of the discount or free trial ISPs listed on our Cheap ISP page.
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Here's a tip. Free providers typically offer only 'as is' Internet access. You should definitely take the time to read their Terms of Service before signing up. Some may have terms that you can't live with.
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NetZero still provides totally free internet access and email. This service is ad supported so you will need to download their software.
NetZero is a United Online company and they also own Juno who offers the same deal of 10 hrs per month. We could find no policy that prevents you from signing up for both to get 20 hrs of free ISP access per month. Netzero and Juno are the only two nationwide totally free ISPs left.CopperNet
Only $4.97 a month for your first 3 months!
Limited area free access ISP
There are still several Internet services offering unlimited free access to specific areas and in various communities.
In New York city you can get connected free through MetConnect. They provide unlimited access with no ad banners in area codes 212, 347, 516, 631,646, 845 and 914. They do not provide email and there is no connection software provided so you'll have to setup a DUN connection yourself. Its' simple to do and they provide detailed instructions on the site.
Available in parts of southern California, SoCal Free Net provides free service in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, Inland Empire and San Diego County in area codes 213, 310, 323, 562, 619, 626, 661, 714, 760, 805, 818, 858, 909 and 949. There is no software and no support.
Launched in 2008, Gotnet.com offers unlimited dial up access in CA for area codes 209, 213, 310, 323, 408, 415, 510, 530, 559, 562, 619, 626, 650, 661, 707, 714, 760, 805, 818, 831, 858, 909, 916, 925, 949, 951.
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