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Free Dial-Up Internet Service Providers


Greetings!  You found the most frequently updated list of Internet Service Providers offering totally FREE dial-up access in the United States.

During 1999-2000 there were over 200 ISPs providing free nationwide, regional or local Internet access. The "dot com bubble"  burst on March 10, 2000, when the NASDAQ Composite Index peaked, followed by a rapid decline. Most free ISPs quickly disappeared. Some vanished without advance notice!  By mid December there were very few ISPs offering free dial-up access.

Free Internet access is still available in the U.S.
but your options may be very limited!

Our list features 14 free dial-up Internet Service Providers:
2 Nationwide, 6 Region/State, 6 Local
plus 193 dead free ISPs...

Nationwide Free Internet Access


NetZero Free
The first free nationwide Internet Service Provider and the most popular free ISP since 1998. You do NOT need a credit card to sign up because NetZero Free really is totally free. Features include a huge 1 gigabyte email account with powerful spam filtering and email virus protection. Create as many email addresses as you want. Use MySite to easily build your own web page and express yourself! Share photos with family and friends with PhotoSite. Free technical help is available via email or extensive online support pages. 600 minutes per month limit. Thousands of access numbers across the U.S. and Canada.

You can click this link NetZero Free to sign up or just visit to learn more.

Thinking about signing up for NetZero Platinum (paid) dial-up service? Use this link NetZero Discount to get NetZero Platinum for only $6.95 monthly. That's 30% less than their $9.95 per month rate!



NETZEROTM History

Are you a free ISP veteran? Do you remember the NetZero slogan, Defenders of the Free WorldTM? Those were the glorious days of unlimited free  Internet access!


Retired creative property of NetZero, Inc., a United Online company.
All rights reserved. Displayed with permission, per usage restrictions.

On October 19, 1998, NetZero launched the first free nationwide ISP featuring unlimited Internet access. By mid-January a new member signed up every 45 seconds!

December 19, 2000, was a sad day. NetZero announced a 40 hours per month usage cap. No more unlimited  free access. Members were offered the option to pay $9.95 for the remainder of the month when their free service was suspended at 40 hours. It was called the "Professional" plan because NetZero assumed users exceeding 40 hours were small business owners.

NetZero Platinum replaced the Professional plan a short time later on February 7, 2001. Platinum service provides unlimited access with no advertising banners.

NetZero HiSpeed was introduced on April 1, 2003, enabling dial-up users to surf up to five times faster. This early version utilized developments in compression and caching technologies.

NetZero HiSpeed 3G rolled out on June 14, 2005, replacing the previous version of HiSpeed. The 3rd Generation (3G) service uses the most recent technological advancements. NOTE: NetZero has dropped "3G" from the product name to avoid confusion with the definition of "3G" later adapted by the mobile telecommunications industry.



Juno Free
NetZero's silent twin. Back in June, 2001, Juno merged with NetZero to create parent company United Online, Inc. Both ISPs offer the same basic features. 10 hours per month limit.

State / Regional Free Internet Access


FastFreeDialup.com
California
CA Area Code 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
No limits or restrictions. No email service. No phone support (use the contact form).

DialInFree.net
Michigan
MI Area Code 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810, 906, 989
Available throughout Michigan, including the upper peninsula.
No time restriction. No email service. Tech support is $5 per incident via a toll-free call.

FreeDialup.org
New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
NH, MA and RI Area Code 603, 401, 413, 508, 617, 781, 978
No time restriction. No email service. Blocks SMTP port 25. No technical support.

NoCharge.com
Western Washington
WA Area Code 206, 253, 360, 425,
Unlimited access. No email service. Blocks SMTP port 25. Telephone support is available for $10 per incident.

Sailor® Internet Services
Maryland
MD Area Code 301, 410
Sailor is Maryland's Public Information Network, supported by state funds provided to Maryland Public Libraries to assure all Marylanders have free and equal access to the Internet (assuming they can afford a computer and phone service). 90 day accounts. You may apply for renewal. No email service.

SoCalFree.net, A.K.A. sdfree.net and sdfreenet.com
Southern California
CA Area Code 213, 310, 323, 562, 619, 626, 661, 760, 805, 818, 858, 909, 949
Unlimited access. No email service. No technical support.

CdotFree
Canada
Nationwide unlimited service. No email. Ad-based. Be sure to check the Access Areas page to see if Cdot serves your city, before installing the dialer software.


 Tip: Most free ISPs do not provide email service. See our list of the top 10 most popular free webmail services.

Local Free Internet Access


If you live in one of these communities you might qualify for free Internet access!

ACORN
Akron, Ohio
OH Area Code 330
Akron Community Online Resource Network, a service of the Akron-Summit County Library System. Usage is limited to one hour per day. No email.

AzTeC Freenet
Is AzTeC gone for good this time? Server unresponsive November 15 and 16. Death watch...
Phoenix, Arizona
AZ Area Code 623
After a year+ hiatus, AzTec has acquired telephone lines, once again offering dial-up access. Also provides free POP3 e-mail accounts and website hosting for community organizations.

Chester County InterLink
Chester County, Pennsylvania
PA Area Code 610
Usage restricted to 1 hour or up to 3 hours per day, depending on the time of day. Includes an email account. You must be a resident of the county to qualify.

Naples Free-Net
Naples, Florida
FL Area Code 941
Four hour daily limit. POP3/SMTP email account. Webmail access is a premium service, requiring a donation. You must be a resident of Collier County.

Nyx®
Denver, Colorado
CO Area Code 303, 720
This site claims to be the world's oldest free public access Internet Service Provider. Includes an email account, Usenet newsgroups access and 2MB web space to create a home page. 1 hour daily time limit.

RollaNet
Rolla, Missouri
MO Area Code 573
Free public accounts are limited to a 33.6k maximum connection speed. 1 hour session limit, up to 10 sessions per day. 1 email account. 5 MB web page storage.

Vancouver Community Network
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Area Code 604
Dialup sessions are limited to 90 minutes at a time. After 90 minutes, you will be disconnected to allow others to connect. You can re-connect to start a new dialup session.

FreeNets


During the mid 90's there were 135+ non-profit community FreeNets providing free access via the TELNET protocol, a non-graphical text-based interface. FreeNets offered online resources before AOL and other commercial ISPs became widely popular. There are very few FreeNets still online. Most of the survivors continue to serve as community information sites and no longer provide free access, or now charge a fee.

These sites may be the last of the FreeNet dinosaurs providing free TELNET connections. Links are provided for historical reference only. We do NOT recommend using these services. You may not have full access to the Internet. Also, a raw TELNET connection is not capable of encrypting data, including passwords.

Arbornet Ann Arbor, Michigan
SEORF SouthEastern Ohio
AzTeCfreenet Phoenix, Arizona
Nyx® Denver, Colorado
SCN Seattle, Washington

Many libraries and schools across the nation still use the TELNET protocol for access to library catalogs.

Free ISP Death Notices


March 3, 2012
MetConnect.com
New York City
NY Area Code 212, 347, 516, 631, 646, 845, 914
MetConnect quietly died when it's parent company, MetTel, pulled the plug on NYC's free unlimited dial up service. There was no advance notification for MetConnect's many users.

December 31, 2008
Prairienet.org
Champaign, Illinois
IL Area Code 217
The Prairienet Community Network is a service of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1993. Free dial-up accounts were available to low-income households through the NetNeighbors program. Statement from Prairienet: "The proliferation of spam -- which accounts for 99% of all email and grows in volume by 50% every year -- generates millions of pernicious messages each day. In order to operate efficiently in this environment, Prairienet would be required to implement cost-prohibitive spam filters. Likewise, the cost of offering dialup Internet access is no longer financially feasible."

November 10, 2008
CritPath.org
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PA area codes 215, 610
The Critical Path Project suffered a serious cut in funding. The organization provided free dial-up Internet access with no ads and no restrictions to over 10,000 low-income families.

March 27, 2008
1access.org
No longer accepting new free sign-ups. Existing users will be able to log-in to use their free dial-up account until April 30. 1access.org introduced their free dial-up service plan eight months ago on July 29, 2007. They provided 600 minutes (10 hours) per month.

January 1, 2008
SuffolkWeb
Suffolk.lib.ny.us
Suffolk County, New York
NY Area Code 631
A service of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Registered library patrons were eligible for a free dial-up account, which included 30 hours per month (one hour/day). Although the county library system no longer offers free dial-up, patrons can access unlimited free Wi-Fi at 53 library locations.

November 24, 2007
PghConnect.com
PghConnect has dropped their free service plan. It was an almost  free nationwide service, requiring a one-time $9.95 set-up fee. Members received 25 hours of monthly off-peak access (mostly late night to early morning).

January 31, 2007
GreatDialUp.com
BORN: September 7, 2006
DIED: January 31, 2007
This free ISP had a very short 5 month life. Users dialed a modem pool via a toll-free number. Users began experiencing connection failures on January 22, 2007. This notice was posted on the GDU website on January 31, 2007: "The company providing us with our 1-877 number has shut it down. We are currently looking for a new 800 provider."

Free ISP Memorial


NetZero introduced the first free nationwide ISP. Since that day many free dial-up ISPs have come and gone.

Some of these sites still exist but none currently offers free Internet access. We do not provide links because we don't want you to waste your time chasing dead or redirected links...

Do you know of a deceased free ISP that is not on this list? Please tell us so we can honor it's past existence.


This is the longest list of dead free ISPs on the Internet!

ABC3340.com
Access4Free.com
AccessMicro.com
AccessToledo.com
ACNinc.net
Address.com.com
AFN.org
AfroNet.com
AllLaw.com
Allshak.com
AltaVista.com
Ameranet.com
Ameritrade.com
AmExOL.com
Auric.net
AZfamily.com
BN.com
BigGuppy.net
Blinks.net
BlueFrog.com
BlueLight.com
BootBox.net
Britannica.com
BuzzLink.com
CanyonTelecom.com
CBQ.com
Channel6000.com
Click10.com
CloseoutVideo.com
ClubCharlie.com
ClubComputer.com
CollegeClub.com
Communication1.com
Costco.com
CritPath.org
Cymo.com
DallasNews.com
DialFree.com
DialFree.net*
DotNow.com
elotteryFreeWay.com
EverythingChristian.com
FamilyConnect.com*
Fanz.net
FEDWorkplace.com
FreeAtLast.com
FreeDem.com
FreeDialNow.com
FreeDSL.com
FreeI.com
FreeI.net
FreeInternet.com
FreeLane.Excite.com
Free.Lycos.com
Freenet.msp.mn.us
FreeNSafe.com
FreeNYlink.com
Free-PC.com
FreePCinternet.com
FreePPP.com
Freesitex.com
FreeWorld.Excite.com
Freewwweb.com
FunCow.com
F2accessnet.com
Gay.com
GCFN.org
GetMax.com
GlobalKore.com
GoDigitalPlanet.com
Goesonic.com
GoIWin.com
GolfCities.com
GreatDialUp.com
HiFusion.com
HighStream.net
Homestead.com
iDialDirect.com
iFreedom.com
I-Love-Cats.com
Intergov.net
Internet4Free.net
InternetComplete.com
IrishAbroad.com
ISP4Free.us
Iwin.com
Iwon.com
Knox.net
KTVB.net
KTUL.com
LAFN.org
Latino.com
LindyWeb.com
LTDinternet.com
Mach-Speed.com
Madona.com
MailTag.com

Maryland-Internet.com
MBNO.com
McGlen.com
MetConnect.com
MicroAV.com
MillionEyes.com
MovieHit.com
MunicipalInternet.com
MyBizGate.com
MyFavoriteI.com
MyFreeCom.com
MyNewsNet.com
MyPoints.com
NBCi.com
NBC38.com
NetTaxi.com
NewsChannel8.net
NoPay.net
NY4Free.net
OnePaper.com
OneRamp.com
OnlineFree.us
OurHouse.net
Outtech.com
Payout.com
Picosito.com
PghConnect.com*
PowerInternet.net
Prairienet.org
ProtelNetwork.com
Pro-USA.com*
QualGuard.com
ReachFree.com
RedGoose.net
RhinoPoint.com*
RockyMountainNews.com
RuralFree.net
Senior.com
SeniorsInFree.com
SevenMidgets.com
Seventeen.com
ShopAndSupport.com
Sina.com
Snowball.com
SNSconnect.com
SoYouWanna.com
Spiegel.com
SplatterNet.com
StartFree.com
Stoweltel.com
Suffolk.lib.ny.us
SurfnFree.com*
SurfTheWebFree.com
Surfy.com
Talk.com
TalkCity.com
Techsumer.com
TheBostonChannel.com
TheKansasCityChannel.com
TheSimpsons.com
TheStream.com
TheWPBFchannel.com
TheXfiles.com
TopResources.org
Tritium.net
Tutopia.com
uPath.com
UrbanJoeGalaxy.net
UTS.net
WCIV.com
WHTM.com
Web.com
WebbCitizen.net
WebFlyerNet.com
WebLand.org
WeblandInternet.com
WebLandMall.com
WebNowInternet.com
WFAA.com
WHTM.com
WinFire.com
WJLA.com
WorldShare.net
WorldSpy.com
WSresource.com
Xoasis.com
Xoom.com
Yahoo.com
Yellowstone.net
ZubeeFree.com
123act.com
1Access.org
1NOL.com
10102000.com
2Trom.com
3-web.com

Spinway.com, 1stUp.com and Brand3.com provided the Internet 'backbone' for some of the free ISPs on this list.

*Almost free ISP (charged a set up fee).