Finding the best UK unmetered internet access.
Listings of unmetered ISPs and guides, directories and reviews of unmetered providers. Before signing up to an unmetered deal, you probably should find out what current users think about their service by looking in the larger forums. Unmetered services frequently have connection time and download limits.
Broadband is increasingly available at the price point of unmetered dial-up internet access.
Overview of ISPs:
If you do not use the internet very much, then an ISP offering cheap per-minute access rates may be more economical for you.
Firefly offers prepay cards with 3,000 minutes for £15 or 6,000 for £25, that's 0.5p or 0.42p per minute.
One.Tel (above) has a rate of 1.5p per minute at all times for internet access.
Telewest's (above) pay-as-you-go service to telephone subscribers costs 2.5p a minute any time of day.
You may also be interested in my section on how to secure your PC whilst using the internet.
How to speed up dial-up:Onspeed.com offers a service for £1.99 per month that speeds up downloads (primarily for dial-up users). HTML pages are compressed and images are further compressed, all of which speeds web browsing (but not downloading software updates or other software). If you are frustrated by your dial-up, it may be worth trying out.
Charity ISP services:
If you use a subscription-free service and want to give to charity, I'd be tempted to use one of the cheaper daytime access services above and give what you save to charity. Otherwise, some services give a portion of their revenue to charity, though exactly how much of the cost of the phone call they receive is uncertain.
Care4free.net - "a proportion of 75% of profits go directly to registered charities".
Waitrose (part of the John Lewis Partnership) donates their share of the profits to charity.
Charitydays.net offers a subscription-free service as well as expensive ADSL access and limited hours unmetered access packages.
Email forwarding and POP3
If you want to have a permanent email address that you pick up via your email client, you may want look at free email services linked to from my email forwarding section.
My home networking page includes a section on "Securing your Windows PC whilst on the internet".
Broadband access is becoming more affordable, see my page on UK broadband internet access.