In this world of high-speed broadband, it's easy to forget that some folks are still using dial-up modems. A recent project of mine required that the app be usable even under the slowest internet conditions, and I was stuck: how to test this beast without broadband?
Mystery solved! I dug out my old US Robotics and used this free service:http://www.nocharge.com/connect.htm
NoCharge offers free dial-up access with phone numbers in the Pacific Northwest and New England. If you live in either of these regions, or (like me) have flat-rate long-distance, you can dial up and be online in just a few minutes. Absolutely free. Ah, the sweet sound of a modem connecting... it's been too long, my old friend. *sob*
Either select one of their many phone numbers to dial and configure your connection manually, or download their little dialer app that comes pre-loaded with every number.
It really is no-strings attached, and seems to work wonderfully. AND it peacefully co-exists with my broadband connection so I can live in the 21st century but visit the 1980's whenever I want. (You'll want to temporarily disable your usual broadband connection to experience maximum slowness.) But be aware: if you need technical support, their number is a 1-900 line so be prepared to pay by the minute.
DISCLAIMER: I am not connected with this web site or service in any way, shape, or form. While it worked for me, there is no guarantee it will work for you. Dialing any of these numbers from outside the local area codes WILL incur long distance charges. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Visiting the '80s more than twice in one week may result in break dancing, Rubik's cube solving, an addiction to music videos, and accidental purchase of Members Only outer wear. If symptoms persist, consult your local Starbucks.