Dial-Up Internet – How to Find a Local Dial Up Access Number to Connect With

Good news, dial-up users.

EarthLink has thousands of local dial-up access numbers you can use to connect to the Internet nationwide.

Maybe you are new to dial-up and need your first number? Maybe you want to see if there are other local numbers in your area with faster, more reliable connections? Mabye you’ll be traveling to another area and want to be able to connect without paying for Wi-Fi?

In each case, there’s the same quick 3-step solution.

Find a local dial up internet access number at EarthLink.

  1. Visit EarthLink’s Internet Access Numbers page.
  2. Enter the phone number for the location you want to connect from (such as your home phone, a relative’s phone, hotel, etc.).
  3. Make sure the Modem radio button is selected and click Find.

This will give you a list of dial-up numbers available in your area, the city and state for that number, and whether we think the number is a Local, Toll or Fixed-Fee call.* (I’m lucky enough to have 39 local EarthLink dial-up Internet numbers in my area.)

You may notice that some (or all) phone numbers have an asterisk at the end. This indicates the phone number supports v.92 dial-up modem compatibility.

V.92 is the standard for the most advanced dial-up modems; they offer faster connection times, faster downloads, faster uploads, greater reliability, and other benefits. So, if you have one of these v.92 dial up modems, try to select one of the v.92 dial up numbers from our list.

* Warning About Long-Distance Charges
We make every effort to list local numbers that you won’t be charged for by your phone company, but some of these numbers may result in significant long distance charges to you (it happened to me once – and thankfully only once – a long while ago, and it was not pleasant to get the bill). So we urge you to double-check with your phone company before you start using any new dial-up access number to make sure there won’t be any charges to you.

EarthLink Access Software
Of course, if you download and install our free dial-up access software called EarthLink Access Software, you’ll get a super-easy way to manage all your access numbers, plus EarthLink Accelerator and other benefits.

How to Accelerate Your Dial-Up Internet Access

Get accelerated dial-up Internet with free EarthLink Accelerator

Despite the claims of some clothing manufacturers, one size does not fit all.

Rarely will there be one thing that’s right for all people.

But if you’re one of our dial-up Internet access customers, the exception may be EarthLink Accelerator.

I feel very confident recommending that you go get it – now! – if you’re not already using it.


Because it takes the one primarily limitation of dial-up Internet service (speed) and helps you optimize it. With very little downside. Who doesn’t want to go faster?

This dial-up accelerator lets you surf up to 7x faster than you can with a standard dial-up Internet connection. No, accelerated dial-up is still not high-speed cable Internet or DSL, but it’s a noticeable improvement in dial-up Internet speed.

Accelerator also gives you easy-to-use options to help you use it in a way that works best for you. It’s even easy to turn off and on if you don’t feel like using it for some period of time.

And, I forgot to mention, it’s FREE! (Not trying to sell you anything.)

There are two ways to get our dial-up accelerator:

  1. You can download Accelerator as part of our EarthLink Access Software (Windows only). You can learn more by reading this previous blog post about the dial-up Internet access software.
  2. You can download our dial-up Accelerator as a stand-alone program for both Windows & Mac computers.

Unless you have a very old computer that doesn’t have a current operating system, Accelerator should be compatible for you, but click the Learn More link on the download page to see the System Requirements if you aren’t sure.

How does EarthLink Accelerator work?

EarthLink Accelerator makes Web surfing faster for dial-up users in three ways:

  1. Compression—Accelerator compresses Web pages, which then load a lot faster than they would otherwise (though they probably won’t look any different to you). Text on the pages isn’t affected, and changes to image quality are very small unless you have image acceleration set to High or Maximum.
  2. Caching—Accelerator pays attention to which Web pages you visit the most, then stores (or “caches”) part or all of those pages on your computer. The next time you visit a cached page, it can load faster using those locally stored page elements. The more you use Accelerator, the better it works on your favorite Web pages.
  3. Smart Connections—EarthLink Accelerator works around certain limitations of Internet protocols, reducing unnecessary delays.

Here’s what Accelerator will speed up for you:

  • All  Web page text, HTML, markup, & JavaScript
  • Most online graphics & photos
  • All browser-based emails (EarthLink Web Mail) and most email viewed in an email program on your computer

Here’s what Accelerator can’t speed up for you:

  • Streaming media, audio & video
  • Secure pages (e.g. online banking & shopping checkout)
  • FTP downloads

Accelerator & Web Page Images & Graphics

One of the 3 ways Accelerator speeds up your dial-up experience is by compressing web pages. The one aspect of your surfing that can be negatively affected by this compression is the visual quality of images.

That’s why Accelerator has 5 graphic acceleration settings – so you can balance your desire for faster and faster dial-up surfing with your interest in high quality images.

5 Graphic Acceleration Settings & Image Quality

  • Minimum Speed: maintains original image quality
  • Low: reduces image quality very slightly
  • Medium (default setting): reduces image quality slightly
  • High: reduces image quality moderately
  • Maximum Speed: reduces image quality significantly

For most people, we recommend the default Medium setting, because it improves your surfing speed significantly while only slightly reducing image quality.

When using this setting, EarthLink Accelerator typically increases your experience between two and three times that of regular dial-up Internet access.

If you would like to maintain your original image quality, you can set the graphics setting to Minimum Speed and still surf significantly faster than regular dial-up.

In addition, you can set the acceleration to one of the higher levels and when you encounter an image you want to see better, right-click the mouse on the image and choose Refresh Picture with Full Quality. You can also select Refresh Page with Full Quality to improve the quality of all the graphics on the page at once.

To learn more, go to the EarthLink Accelerator page and click the Learn More link.

Then download click the Windows Download or Mac Download link to get the version of Accelerator that’s right for your computer.

You’ll improve your dial-up speed and your enjoyment of the Internet.

So get going – faster!

Happy Birthday: The Internet Turns 21!

The Internet (as we know it) is now 21. The internet has it’s beginnings farther back…systems that allowed computers to communicate with each other have been developed since the late 60s. But it wasn’t until 1991 that the Internet as we know it was born.

The Internet was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (now a Google employee). He launched the first public Web page that detailed what he called the “World Wide Web.”  Originally the internet was intended to facilitate communication between researchers, but it has grown into a portal for mass communication, news and entertainment, and it offered in both the “original” dial-up as well as high-speed and wireless options!

So take a moment and think about wishing the internet a happy birthday!

Speed Up Your Browser in Seconds

Whether you use DSL, high-speed Cable, or dial-up connections to surf the Internet, your connection speed is only one of several factors that can affect how fast webpages load in your browser.  The size of your temporary Internet files (also called your “cache”), is also important.

A cache is the spot in your computer where your browser temporarily stores info from the web pages you visit (like images). The cache allows web pages you revisit to load faster (since your computer already has the images and doesn’t need to re-download them to show you the page).  Because of this, setting your browser store more temporary Internet files (giving it a bigger cache) can speed up how fast webpages appear when you revisit them. (This increased speed of loading revisited pages is especially noticeable for dial-up Internet users.)

Here is how to increase your cache in Internet Explorer:How to increase size of internet file cache in Internet Explorer

1. Click the Tools icon (gear icon in upper right on the latest version of IE) and select Internet Options.
2. From the Browsing history section (on the General tab), click the Settings button.
3. Click the radio button next to Automatically and increase the Disc space to use amount to at least 250 MB (more if your computer has lots of space).
4. Click the OK button to save your changes, then OK again to close Internet Options.

Here is how to increase your cache in Firefox:

  • PC Users: Click on the Firefox button > Options > Advanced
  • Mac Users: Click on Firefox Menu > Preferences > Advanced
  • In the center “Offline Storage” section, select “Override automatic cache management”
  • Then, alter the value for ” Limit cache to [ ] MB f space” as desired