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Okay, everyone, I do have dial-up and it is with Earthlink, because that is all i can get here in my

Posted By: kd on 2005-10-23
In Reply to: Yes, there is on dialup internet. Is that what you use? - techie MT

They changed my access number and I now cannot stay connected - this causes my MT program to hang up and then I have to restart and it is wasting more time than I have! - But my sister has no problem with the same computer, access number, and provider.

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I was told I would dial directly into the system/Will I need to get dial up internet service?

Earthlink and AOL have the most

access numbers.   I use Earthlink DSL and I get 20 hours of dial-up every month included.  I travel a lot and it comes in handy.   I was once in an area that didn't have a local number and used AOL and I had so many problems with it I had to swipe my hard drive.  PeoplePC and Netzero I think are just dial-up, though they are supposed to have lots of local numbers. 

Some transcription companies will not allow you to have AOL for work purposes, so you might want to check with your company before changing. 

You can still use Outlook with other ISPs. 

If you use Earthlink for your ISP read this.....
EarthLink to cut 180 customer service workers
Work to be outsourced overseas

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/26/05

About 180 EarthLink employees in Atlanta will lose their jobs as the Internet provider completes a move to outsource customer service and technical support telephone lines.

EarthLink cut 1,300 call center employees in 2003 and another 1,300 in 2004 as it began farming out the work to call centers in India and the Philippines.


The latest cuts eliminate the use of EarthLink employees to handle customer calls, said spokesman Dan Greenfield.

The job cuts will take place between August and September. Greenfield said EarthLink would provide severance pay based on seniority as well as assistance in finding new jobs.

EarthLink will be left with 1,020 employees in Atlanta and 1,800 nationally.

Using overseas call centers instead of American employees saves money, the company said.

When the plan to use outside vendors was first announced, Garry Betty, EarthLink's chief executive, said the company was "making hard decisions that are necessary to ensure the ongoing viability of our company."

On Monday, Greenfield said that the latest cuts were needed "to allow us to compete in a very dynamic marketplace."

The overseas call centers handle both customer service and technical support questions.

I don't have this program, but I have Earthlink

and they have files for know spam and suspected spam.  You can fix it where you don't get ANY e-mails except for people in your address book and then if someone not in your book wants to e-mail you they get an e-mail asking to submit a request.  You can approve/disapprove any request.   I don't use this option because lots of times worms/viruses will attach themselves to  your addy book.  I've never had it happen but know lots who have.

I do use suspected spam and so far the past 2 weeks it has caught 1569 spam e-mails, but it has left through probably 150 week.   I used to have an unmoderated yahoo group and it would get spam posts so it got blocked, but most of it wasn't spam. 


well my earthlink account has this...
nifty spam blocker. I used to have it on yahoo too. And you can block certain addressed so you don't even see them at all. Wouldn't it be lovely if this board had such a feature? She could post away to her heart's content and we wouldn't even have to see them. Ahh, one can dream......
reply to earthlink
 Earthlink is a good ISP, and I believe they do offer dsl. if it is available in your area, I would upgrade.  I have verizon FIOS (fiber optics) and I could not be happier!  it makes cable and regular DSL look like dialup.  I can download work in seconds.  I downloaded an entire movie in just minutes.  I suggest that you make a change.  You will be much more productive and happier if you switch 
Both Sprint and Earthlink have

"air" cards that allow you to go wireless provided you are in their service area.   The service is about $50/mo I think and then you have to buy the card.  I think the card is about $200, but they have deals sometimes where if you commit to 1 or 2 years that you get the card for free.   You can probably go to the websites of both companies to check to see if you have service in your area.  

We also have a service in my area called Clearwire.  They have a modem that you plug into an outlet and you can take it and plug it in and get service anywhere within range.  They have different levels of service, similar to DSL, where the faster the download the more the $$.  I think the cheapest package is $25/mo.   They may have the same service under a different name in other areas. 


Stay away from Earthlink
I have been having major problems with not getting my e-mails. They just filter and delete as they see fit.
I have had Earthlink for about 8 years
with no problems.  The filter based on your settings, which you can change at any time. 
My Earthlink is goofy today too. nm
Reliable Internet Service? Currently using Earthlink and very unhappy.
I've been using Earthlink as my ISP but this past year the service has gone downhill.  I've been without service at least four times this year for anywhere between a few hours to a day.  Plus all tech support is out of the country so you spend more time than necessary asking the tech to repeat the instructions.  I'm looking at Verizon right now.  Comcast is not recommended.  Thanks
How do you dial in...lanier, Cphone???? I'm wondering will this work with a Lanier voicewrite EX
Dial Up
They do make surge protectors that will protect your phone line. You can find them at Best Buy or any other local computer store. Don't but the cheap version either, I made that mistake once. Look to spend about 20 dollars or so on a nicer unit. This will protect the phone line, but I still would not trust it in a thunderstorm.
Dial up
Looking for an at home position but have dial up internet. I just moved to an area where no high speed internet is available (which is killing me) and did not know before we signed our lease there was no high speed internet. Does anyone know of companies that employ MTs with dial up internet access. Any information is greatly appreciated.

You may want to look into satellite. Dial-up is a dinosaur. Most hospitals are VPNs and web sites. You would be lucky to get anything dial-up. It is not MQs fault that you cannot get anything but dial-up. Look into other avenues and get with the program of the future.
Dial up for DQS
How does DQS work with dial up?  The manual does not state you have to use DSL, just an internet connection.
DQS on dial up
I had dial up the first couple weeks on DQS.  The worst part was the first download of the day -- sometimes it took an hour or more!!  I just switched to high speed and love it.  However, if you can't have high speed, the dial up works okay, it is just the first time you download for you day/shift.  I wold recommend dialing into the system an hour before you want to start to actually transcribe.  Really, the first download is the worst; once you get going and start uploading it isn't too awlfu bad.  Good luck!!
DQS with dial up?
I don't believe you can use DQS with dial-up - you need a fast internet connection. I believe this is what I was told as I had to get a cable internet connection.
dial up-56 K
Not sure which board to post this on. I would like a list of MT companies that accept dial-up.  Anybody know of any.  Can email me or list on the board.

Are you using dial-up?  When I was using dial-up Bellsouth was going to put a whopper of a bill on my phone because of all the usage (unlimited long distance they say.... yeah, right!).  I went with AT&T and they never once said there was a limit on my long distance usage.  I was using MEGA time on my second line for my dial-up usage (working 7 days a week, 12-14 hours a day!).

Precyse solutions does - I have the same situation as do many others I work with. You would probably need to sign up for a high speed though, which is only a few more dollars per month. FYI - they are hiring!
I am an ME/MT for MQ and am still on dial up. sm
I have a feeling that if you are a new employee they will require high speed. I have looked into getting a part time job with another company so as not to put all my eggs in one basket so to speak, but most companies are now requiring high speed/cable. Dial-up has never been a problem for me, uploading, downloadint, whatever, no problem. An afterthought, how would they even know what kind of internet service you have as long as you can produce?
I don't know as I have dial-up BUT if it is 10 Gig - sm
then I highly doubt you will ever go over, if it is 10 meg then you will go over. I download about 200-300 megabytes of sound for a small local account, i.e. ~1000 lines a week, in 1 month. Is the $80 on top of your cable TV or is that all-inclusive? Personally I'd just tell them it was for personal use and leave off that you will be using it for work, none of their business.
I'm on dial up also.
Stuck in the past.
They are different, but you can use a DVI to dial into SM
a Dictaphone system.  The function keys will be a little different, if I remember right.
not dial-up
high-speed cable.
No, do not have dial-up, is that still around?
I had cut off my long distance some years back but as per my post, they said if did not carry, then they would deduct an extra $10.00 from the supposed credits I got for some other deals. I did have AT&T and this morning just got my fill and have switched over to Charter, everything except cell and they do not offer that or I would switch that also. Am tired of being nickle and dimed to death by AT&T, absolutely ridiculous.


 I go after the small offices, not companies and they usually want their stuff delivered and don't care what kind of internet you have.  I normally have my docs use a DVR but an office called me who still uses tapes.  So, there are those docs who still do it the old fashioned way.

Hope that helps.


You have to have somewhere for them to dial into.
They can't dial into the line that your C-phone is hooked into.  To access the dictation it has to be recorded somewhere for you to get it.  They can dictate to handheld recorders and transfer it to your computer or put it on their computer and you access it from theirs, but you can't use the C-phone for it, you would use a foot pedal. 
DQS does work with dial-up
I've used dial-up and high-speed, and trust me, you are MUCH better off with high-speed. Even though it is possible to use dial-up, if you have to do a lot of ADT searches, it can slow you down a lot. Also, splitting jobs is slower because you have to wait for the next job to download, the upload is longer, and it's just a waste of time IMO. Also, signing on and off takes twice as long.

Don't be mad. You are definitey better off in the long run and probably will make up that connection fee and modem cost soon.
Are you using dial-up? The last 3 weeks
when I come to the main board I get a page loading message and it takes a minute to load.  I have high-speed cable, so if you have dial-up the connection may be timing out and you need to adjust settings.  l
Dial-up internet
Does anybody know of companies who will hire those of us who only have dial-up.  We live so far out and cannot get high-speed internet.  Every place I have applied says I cannot use satellite or wireless.  What's the deal?  I was able to get 1000 to 1400 lines without all that.  Now I'm aced out.  I could use some help.
companies who allow dial up
If anyone has any info on companies who hire us unfortunate dial-up interneters, I would appreciate it.  It seems that all the decent companies I look at hire only high-speed.  Thanks! 
Companies who allow dial up
A few that I know who allow dial up are Transolutions, SoftScript, and Precyse.  I can feel your pain...our options are really limited without having high-speed internet.
Companies who allow dial-up
Add to the list QT and FutureNet
Dial up or satellite?

I have noticed on most job requirements they say no dial up or satellite internet.  High speed isn't available in my area and my only option is satellite for high speed.  Anyone know why lots of companies don't want satellite?  I thought it was a good thing?


I look but am limited because I only have dial-up - SO I look to see if I can -sm
find something that is a little better than I have now (.09/line without spaces)---would love to find a .09 a line (or .10 of course) that paid spaces had consistent dictators so I could get a good rhythm going. So I look a lot, but cannot apply to many since I don't have high speed internet. I could get satellite of course but many don't want you to have that, so I am kind of limited and always on the lookout for a MTSO that allows/uses dial-up.
I always wondered that as well - how do they know if you do/do not use dial-up?? (nm)
Dial Idol
It's at www.dialidol.com.  It's free to download.  I have high speed internet on my laptop but also have the regular old phone line modem.  It was so easy.  I just downloaded the program.  Plugged in the cord from the phone.  It pretty much configured itself.  Then when the show was over, I opened up the program.  This last week, they only did two lines for each contestant instead of three.  You don't have to put in the phone numbers or anything.  You just select where you want your votes to go.  You can split them if you want...but being you are Soul Patrol (Whoooo!) I don't think you will :)    It does all of the dialing and redialing for you after that. I just walked away but came back to check on how it was doing.  It also tracks who, according to it, is ahead based on number of calls, percentage of busy signals, etc.  It's been about 85% accurate, and Taylor has been on top every week.
I have the same problems (only have dial-up too) - sm
as for burn-out, try to take some time off, or cut back for a month if you can. I cut back in the summers generally because it is hard to work with my kids home even though they are pretty good at entertaining themselves. So my salary is in half right now, and I feel much less stressed and burned out. I have been majorly burnt the last few months, but this reprieve is actually helping me recharge and concentrate on typing smarter and faster as I have more time now to enter in shortcuts and macros and save/check addresses for correctness. Try looking locally for a small MTSO and see if they have any openings, etc. You will probably get better work and pay, and not feel so stressed and maybe not have to work as long. Good luck.
Companies for dial up
Would you mind sharing names of companies that will take those of us who are doomed to dial up?  We'd sure appreciate it.  TIA
Dial up is my only option

Believe me, if I could get cable or DSL I would.  There is a rumor that a wireless internet tower will be going up in a few months.  I have also considered satelite.  I will just have to see how my companies platform works with dial up and then I will probably get satelite or the wireless because it will be cheaper, but it won't be here for another few months if it is approved by the county. 



Dial-up is my only option too
I'm in the same boat but I refused to go onto DQS/DEP after a disastrous experience trying to move over in 2004 - using dial-up. Some MTs have been able to make it work, I was not. It was a production nightmare. I was told by techs very clearly that DQS/DEP is not designed for dial-up and requires broad band (high speed) to be efficient. The company is keeping some dial-up accounts for those of us who this is our only option. I posted this before not long ago - there are plenty of accounts that ARE going to DEP/DQS and that is company goal (to have all accounts on DEP) but there are accounts being kept for dial-up only MTs. Check with your supervisor. My current dial-up account is moving over to DEP next month. I will have to transfer to another office in order to go to another dial-up account (that will NOT be moving over to DEP). I don't know the office because... I have a PS who does not respond to emails and phone calls, so I'm working on that aspect... Good luck.

I use dial-up at home.
I have an office with DSL 10 miles from here. At first I started loading files there and bringing some home at night. Then one day had had to download a file here and was surprised how well it worked out. Later I moved back home. As the other poster said, I download files when I am working on another, or when I am doing something else. Unless you have to dial into a system to work, I do not see how the MTSO can tell what you have. My MTSO did not know when I started doing my work at home. With dss files, there is really no real problem. A lot of my files are over 60 minutes in length. I do still occasionally work at my other office, and it is wonderful, I admit. The only real problem I have is when I have to Google something for my work, but even with that I will not give up working at home.
Frustrated dial up
You may not be able to do much about the speed of your PC but do you have options re. the type of program you are using. Some programs allow the work to come in while you are typing the current job, therefore the work will continually flow in enabling you to work without interruption.
Spheris has dial up
Yes, you can dial in using your C-phone (sm)

just like a regular phone line.  Check out the AT&T CallVantage or Vonage website to make sure there is service in your area.  Do you have any techie/IT friends or family?  Ask them to explain VOIP to you, too.  Seriously, I think it helps to actually hear the explanation in person; at least it did for me   Then ask them if they want to install the VOIP box and set if up for you after you order it.     I'm technically inclined, and my techie hubby and tell me it was a fairly easy installation, but it took me a bit to grasp the concept.  But the non-hassle (no more ULD headaches) and saved $$$ have been well worth it!

One suggestion - keep another phone line with ULD handy to which you can plug in your C-phone in the event that your Internet goes down, as 0 Internet = 0 VOIP.

I use dial-up- no cable or DSL here.
Satellite? Forget that. Wireless would consider, but if no better than cell phone coverage out here, then that is not an option either.
Dial in dictation
Hey everyone. We need some SERIOUS guidance here. We've recently obtained a local clinic with 3 drs. They have been doing dial in dictation for the past 4 years and they want to continue with that. We have been researching to see what all we need. We are not sure if we should go with a TASP or just get an 800# line of our own and then get the appropriate software? We've also seen the dial in dication systems as well. So many companies offer the dial in dication but we have no idea what we need or how it all works. We really are needing some expert advice here. We aren't looking to take anyone's accounts, we have our own but we need to integrate to what they have. The office manager really doesn't know what the old company used other than dialing it. Can anyone please just give us some friendly advice and direction as to what all we need? We would greatly appreciate it as this is making us brain dead.  Thanks in advance for any help you can give! :
Help -- I need alternatives to dial-up

After living in town for a year and having DSL, I have now moved back to the country where DSL is not an option.  I have contacted my local phone providers as well as Verizon wireless to see about a wireless (satellite?) connection.  Dial-up is so slllloooowwww -- it's driving me nuts.  Does anyone out there have any suggestions. 

I have tried Earthlink, Verizon, and my local phone provider.  The best I could get was Verizon Wireless, but it was $60 a month and had a limit of 5 GB per month.  I'm not sure how much I transmit/receive, so I would prefer an unlimited plan.  Any ideas? 

Also, how secure are these satellite connections? 

Don't think dial-up would work...
even accelerated. It's just too slow and undependable. Have you thought of getting Internet using an air card from your cell phone provider? To be honest with you, I don't have much knowledge on them, but I do know that friends who have them say they rarely have trouble with their Internet service and they are as fast as DSL for them. It may be worth checking into. Here they run about $60 a month for service.