The first couple of years we lived here, we went back to dial up access. We didn't really have the money to spend on anything faster anyway. After a couple of years we realized we couldn't make ends meet and someone had to get a part time job. I began looking for a job I could do from home so I didn't have to be away from my then 9 month old and 3 year old. Shortly after, I found a perfect telecommuting job. At the time, dial up was considered acceptable.
Then the company I was working for changed hands. There was a layoff sort of thing that happened and when I was hired back, it was obvious dial up Internet was not going to work.
1. Dial Up Access- If you don't need the Internet much and have a land line, this could still be an option for you. If you surfed on this post, I'm guessing you have higher needs.
2. Satellite Internet- We used this for a while. The initial expense at the time was high. We had to commit to a contract. There was a delay for any live voice and video communications. I would be sitting in a meeting and there would be delays and all at once everything would come through quickly and then more delays. I was okay with this until I reached my bandwidth limit too quickly and they throttled my speed. There is currently a more advanced form of Satellite Internet that I admit, I have not yet tried.
3. Use a wireless hotspot- There are lots of public places which offer free wireless hotspots these days if you are within driving distance of a small city. Even many fast food restaurants have free wifi these days. We have used this if our Internet is not reliable. It really only happens for a day about every 8 months.
3. Cellular Internet Service- This is what we currently have. There are lots of pros to this type of service.
- It's faster than the dial up and satellite that we personally used in the past.
- While not idea, some voice communication will work. VOIP is still not going to be your main communication option.
- We were actually able to stream a movie the other night with it.
- We aren't hitting our bandwidth cap with cellular as quickly as we we did with satellite.
- We can take it with us if we go on a trip.
- If you use your air card on your computer, you can sometimes send and receive text messages with it.
- If you use your phone to connect, a lot of times you can't stay on the Internet while you talk.
- Using laptops and our air card, we've had Internet even when the electricity goes out.
- It's not all that reliable. At times our signal goes in and out.
- If a lot of people on our area are on their cell phones, our connection speed occasionally slows
- There are generally low caps on bandwidth per month. The typical cap is 5 GB but we've been fortunate enough to find a provider that allows a 50 GB cap with no contract. We come no where close to 5 GB.
- We can't stream a lot of movies for fear of going over our cap.
- VOIP is not going to be a good option for voice communication.