Does anybody still use dialup?
I've been using cable Internet for ages now. I don't even have a dialup modem anymore! If you are reading this, and you use dialup, please leave a comment. Perhaps explain whether or not high speed connections are available where you are and if so why you don't use them. Of course, there is no need to provide your name or exact location (don't forget to safeguard your privacy).
If you are using dialup for frugality purposes that is of course a good reason... ;)
However, considering all the power failures and other nonsense that always seems to occur at the most inconvenient time, I am starting to think that having dialup access on standby might be a good bet. A laptop or a computer with a good UPS can continue working even without power. Phone lines, whether land line or cell, can often work even when the power is out in your home.
I haven't personally used this service, but it sounds like a good emergency backup plan. NetZero has a free dialup service that gives you 10 hours per month. Sure, dialup is a real pain, but if you need to send an email, add a post to your blog, or maybe just chat with a friend or business associate, it could be a real lifesaver during certain types of connectivity failures.
Hey, it's free, and could provide a useful service! I think that qualifies as both prudent and frugal - assuming you have a modem available as a backup connectivity option.