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      01.12.2001 18:29
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      This is an isp for those people who don`t use the net often enough to commit themselves to signing up for (and paying) one of the off peak or 24/7 packages. I loved this isp; you have to go to their home page (www.strayduck.com) and download the dialer to be able to continue and use them, but once done, the`re a joy! For every three weeks of internet usage, you build free minutes to be able to use for a week. This means you get one in three weeks for free. Obviously, the more you access the net, the more you get free. This is all worked out by the software you download but you can also go to the site with your log on details and view how many minutes you have etc. They have recently been taken over by Tiscali but I looked at the site earlier and they still offer the same service, if you look for it. The dialer itself doesn't cause any problems, but if you have to format or anything, you have to go and download the software again, which can be a bit of a pain. I prefer to configure my own dial-up, mail addresses etc so I was a little wary of this. I did have to format my drive at one point as it was on it's way out and causing lots of problems. I tried to re-download the software and had lots of problem because my user name already existed and the password you get with the dialler I didn't know. The stray duck support were very helpful though and guided me through it. On performance, I never had any probs with logging on and I was never booted..........sorry, but can`t remember downloads, think they were around 3-4ks per sec. In conclusion, if you use the net a bit, but not enough to warrent paying a fee for free access, I would recommend this isp. I phoned their support a few times too and they were very helpful and always available, stray duck are a free service that basically cut the cost of your internet calls.

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        28.04.2001 21:50
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        I joined StrayDuck the first month it started (ages ago!) because I was an existing Telinco customer. I have been using it now for a long time. Basically, the idea is that you connect for two weeks using an 0845 type number and earn minutes for all the time you are online. Then on the third week you can connect to an 0800 number and use up all the minutes you have earned. This is an excellent ISP?.I?m almost tempted to run it down so that other users stay away and I can keep connecting first time, every time! However, I wont do that! In the many months that I have been using it I have never had an initial connection problem or an engaged tone. I suspect that this is because not many people know about it. I find engaged tones very irritating so that may be why I like this ISP so much. The other thing is that you are getting access to the 0800 number completely free of charge ? there are no monthly subscription rates, there are no adverts and you can use British Telecom. You also get an email line so that you can ring up a local number and have your email read to you down the phone by a computer. It might not be for all though. You have to connect from a phone that has caller line ID because you earn your minutes for your specific phone number. Therefore, if you are one of the few people that do not have caller line ID then you cannot use this service. I could not use it when I lived in halls at university. The other thing is you can only check you email when connected to the service. So, although it is POP3, you cannot use another ISP to check your email which can be a bit annoying. Also, to earn free minutes you are required to call from the same number or earn different totals for each number you dial from so this service is no good for you if you travel around a lot! I have seen that some other people have commented on the minutes disappearing. This is a fair comment. Sometimes the dialer software does seem to lose and gain minutes when it is offline. However, in my experience it does always reset to the correct amount when you connect. There was one month when it all went a bit strange and I lost all my minutes but StrayDuck got in touch and gave me 1000 minutes free without me having to approach them. It may also be worth noting that, very occasionally, you connect through the 0800 number and nothing online (email, web, ICQ etc) works and you have to disconnect and redial. However this has happened only a few times in all the months I have been using it. Overall, an excellent ISP which I would recommend to most home users.

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        08.04.2001 16:56

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        StrayDuck: As you know I used to be with ‘The Free Internet’ Group for my Free 0800 Internet Access (by the way – you really don’t want to join TFI), and after being kicked off found (through the good old people at Beenz) ‘StrayDuck’. With StrayDuck, after you register and download the simple dialer and then reconnect and complete the registration, you are set up on a timetable type schedule for your internet. For the first 14 days since you joined all of your total online time is calculated and totalled up and divided in two (so say you used a total of 1000 minutes in the first two weeks) all at 0845 access (from 0.8p / min with BT) then you will get 500 minutes of FREE 0800 access to use in the third week. You switch between 0800 and 0845 yourself and the dialler tells you when you are on 0800 and 0845 and how many minutes of each you have used. Its really good – I can’t understand why anyone would still be using FreeServe and BTInternet etc paying like 1p/min all the time when there are people like StrayDuck where you are cheaper and free! Just go to www.strayduck.co.uk (or www.strayduck.com)? Or join through Beenz for 100 Free Beenz. (Incidentally I joined three weeks ago and still haven’t got my free Beenz).

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        18.02.2001 02:02
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        I started using Strayduck a couple of months ago having read a fairly positive review on Dooyou. The idea for those of you who haven't come across Strayduck before is that you dial in as normal for two weeks out of every three and then in the third week Strayduck divide the total of the minutes you were online in the first two weeks in two and you get that amount of time online on a freephone number. In case that wasn't the best description ever, here's an example : Week 1 (normal dial-in) : online with Strayduck for 600 minutes. Week 2 (normal dial-in) : online with Strayduck for 800 minutes. Week 3 (freephone dial in) : 700 minutes (600 minutes + 800 minutes divided by 2). To be honest, I expected the thing to fall apart in the third week, with the freephone number being unavailable or being an extemely slow connection. But that hasn't proven the case. So far I have actually ended up with more free minutes than I should have had. In the first free week I was supposed to have about 750 free minutes which I used. However, when I ran out of minutes the Strayduck launcher chucked another 80 minutes onto my free time. Can't be bad. The customer service is excellent as well. A couple of weeks ago I got my phone bill and noticed that I had been charged for a couple of hours when I was dialing in free. I mailed Strayduck to query it and got a reply within the hour explaining that they had checked their logs and I had dialed in to the freephone number. I got in touch with the phone company who admitted it was their fault - problem solved. I have never had a problem dialing in on either the main number or the freephone number and the connection speed is as good as any other ISP I've used. Go on - dial in through Strayduck, you really can't lose.

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          20.10.2000 06:25
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          In theory you use Strayduck for two weeks on their ordinary local rate dial up number. You get an average of the minutes used in those two weeks for free in the third week. This comes up automatically on an 0800 number. A box appears telling you how many free minutes you have and when you can use them. This sounds okay but it was very irritating. I would switch my modem off at night with (for example) 300 minutes available free of charge. The next day this would suddenly drop by 100 minutes with no explanation. Then it would increase again. If I tried to connect and couldn't do so it would start eating up the minutes (often 5 or 6 at a time). I eventually gave up on this one because it just made me annoyed each time I tried to use it. (Worked fine while I was paying for connection!) Don't feed the Duck! It will eat up your free minutes before you can use them.

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          21.08.2000 05:14
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          Strayduck has been around for a while and while you consider free and 'free' internet access consider this: Strayduck offers you a local rate dial up and does not charge you a penny. Every third week you are allowed to dial up with an 0800 number!! So every third week is free! It works like this: You download the dialer and surf for 2 weeks, your surfing time is accumulated and averaged out and then for the third week the 0800 check box can be activated allowing you to dial up for free. The more you use it within your first 2 weeks the more free time you have and this free time can be used daytime or night! I have found this service reliable and instant tech support. They have lots of other services on their site and I recommend you try these out.

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          18.08.2000 17:23

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          Strayduck was my number one isp for abut 1/2 year when it first started up. Now I have ntlworld, I do not use it anymore. If you have not yet got ntlworld or BT's copy of it then this is a very good option. Basicaly what happens is you surf for two weeks normally and Strayduck adds up how many minutes you have surfed for. It then halfs that number and gives you that many free minutes for the third week. A good deal and it stands out fromt he other 'free' internet provides such as freeserve because it actually does give you some free time online and you can connect all the time too. A very good ISP.

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          08.08.2000 22:20

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          Strayduck ISP You may have already heard of 'Strayduck' as being 'The free ISP that offers 0800 access one week in 3'. The deal is this - You register with Strayduck and surf as much as you like for a fortnight. For every single minute you surf during this period, you will be given a free minute on the third week of the cycle, which you will use by dialing up through the 0800 number. In other words, Access the Internet for 2 weeks on a 0845 number, then access on a 0800 number for 1 week, then the cycle continues. The service offers fast connection speeds, and displays no pesky ad banner at the top of the screen. There are no monthly charges, and as an extra reward for using the service, members of beenz.com will receive 100 beenz! I am quite a big fan of this ISP - apart from the fact that I’ve had problems with receiving my email from time to time.

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          04.08.2000 05:17
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          Yep, it's another isp offering 'free' access. The sign up process is a breeze with no problems, once you start using the isp that's when problems start. The service works on a 3 week cycle, the total minutes of surfing in the first 2 weeks divided in half the is total of free minutes of surfing in the third. Unfortunately the software that is used to access the isp tends to crash your machine on a regular basis. The other bad point is that trying to establish a connection can be quiet difficult, especially when trying to access free of charge.

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          31.07.2000 20:52

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          In my opinion strayduck is great for people who dont have free internet access such as btinternet or NTL. I think the logo "free 0800 access every third week" is a bit missleading because it make you think that you just get totally free access every third week when you dont. It is actually the average amount of time the 2 weeks before in minutes that you get free, but still a great ISP to join. I recomend this to everyone without free internet, its great!

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          29.07.2000 17:11
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          I use this as a backup ISP, and for all my e-mail as I use Libertysurf as my main one. What first attracted me to Strayduck was the fact they were giving away 0800 minutes, as at the time I was a fairly heavy user, this system worked well for me. The connection speed is always good in my experience, and I have always got connected first time. I once had a problem about it not giving me the 0800 minutes, I got a reply the next day, telling me to phone a 0800 helpline which I did, I got through straight away, the gentleman on the phone said they were aware of the difficulties so he said everyone would be compensated. The next day I received all the minutes I had earned + an extra 300 for my inconvience, that was an extra 5 hours for nothing! All in all, it is kind of hard to recommend for your primary ISP, but if you want a decent back up, you won't go far wrong with Strayduck + they provide reliable email, and newsgroup servers. If you are looking for a primary ISP, I would suggest either World Online (Strayducks partner) or Libertysurf.

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          26.07.2000 20:41

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          Strayduck was my main ISP (I used to have about 5) for about 3 months. I do not use it now because I have ntlworld (hehehe!) But If you cannot get ntlworld or BT freeinternet, this is the service I would recommend to you. This is how it works - For 2 weeks it counts how many minutes you have been online for, then it halves this number and gives you that many free minutes in the 3rd week. So this servioce is great for heavy and light internet users - I would recommend it to all.

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          17.07.2000 04:13
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          In a world with so many ISP's plagued by problems and connection difficulties, it is reassuring that at least one has got it right. After an easy sign up process, you have a special (but small) program that dials you up to the Strayduck service. I have found that it connects quicker than ISP's using the default Microsoft dial up connection process, saving me precious seconds of time! Never have I been unable to connect, making it my favourite 0845 ISP! But, and here comes the bonus, 1 week in 3 I am able to surf using a 0800 number. This works by the special software keeping track of how long you have surfed during a two week period, and dividing it by two. This gives the number of minutes you get to use for free in the third week. i.e. If you surf for 200 minutes in the first week, and 100 in the second, you would get 150 minutes free in the third week. Also, if you were to surf at the weekends for the first 2 weeks, you could use your free minutes during peak time, meaning you are getting 4p a minute's worth of free calls at a total cost of 2p per minute. But, after you have used your free minutes up, you do have to pay 0845 costs (the software will cut you off from the 0800 number).(Hopefully that makes sense!) I'm afraid I haven't had to contact support ( a good sign!), so I don't know how good they are, but it is definitely worth signing up to www.strayduck.com if you want a relible and relively cost effective ISP.

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            01.07.2000 04:49
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            well, hmmmmmm absolutely? I don't think so, but then whats free in this life? Here's the deal: You sign up to strayduck and download their connector ... takes a matter of minutes, and you connect on an 0845 number for 2 weeks. This is a local rate number like freeserve is. On your 3rd week, they average out how much you've used the net each week for the past 2 weeks and give you that many free minutes! Yes, I mean a bona fide 0800 number! You can use this on or off peak for the next week, oh and be sure to use all those free minutes because they don' roll over matey! I prefer this to other deals because: 1) There is no sign up fee 2) Your free minutes can be used on or off peak! 3) You don't have to change your phone company to take advantage of this! My only complaint would be that the minutes weren't counted properly once, but they gave me 250 minutes extra for their mistake! BONUS!!!

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            29.06.2000 03:53

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            StrayDuck is an ISP offering "Free 0800 Access every third week". This is a little misleading at first though, as you have to earn the free time for that week, its not just given away. It works like this: Spend time online dialling the 0845 number and you get free minutes. Sounds fair enough, but they could tell you this in their adverts. Access is fast and I haven't had any problems connecting yet, so thats good. I recommend you download this and use it as an ISP before you sign up to anything like Surftime from BT or whatever, but remember...You have to earn your time so don't expect it to come free!

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