View Full Version : A 300 baud modem for free!

August 9th, 2008, 11:18 AM
Hey check this out!

I'm looking through my Ahoy magazine and I ran across this ad for a free Commodore 300 baud modem!
How cool is that :) Here's the ad -


Ok, so the Ahoy mag is from Oct. 1988 and maybe this deal is done (expired in March of 1989) but -
Does anyone here remember Q-link? I certainly do. Armed with my trusty Commodore 64 and a 300 baud modem - it dialed up Vienna, Virginia from my spot in Northeast Ohio, and I was off and running! It was exciting to look through the 'software' catalog and also to download the cool music files they had available. The cost was a mere $9.95 a month and with that blisteringly fast 300 baud you could download 20 or 40k stuff in what seemed like no time at all! Until I got my first phone bill - that is - where after paying the $9.95 Q-link fee I also was billed $4.80 an hour for the calls. Yikes! The wife went through the roof on this one. "$80. to download a bunch of 1's and 0's! Are you nuts!", she exclaimed. "Honey, I pleaded, but just listen to these cool Commodore music files!" It was hopeless though. Some people just don't appreciate history in the making and high tech equipment and I had to give up my new found link with the outside world.
I quickly switched to a local BBS service though, and life was good once again :)
Q-link lasted a few years and then evolved into - - America Online! My Commodore 64 lasted me 10 years and silently slid into computer history.
Further reading about Q-link or 'Quantum Link" is here if you're interested.


August 9th, 2008, 11:37 AM
Oh yea i remeber Q-Link, i also remeber Compuserve, and a few other BBS's that was around, i still have some BBS software and i think i may have the Q-Disk software around to. but im not looking tho 200 flppys for 1 disk.lol

But i remeber it.Same with Cserve
Oh yea i agree on the phone bill, lucky i was paying my own bills out of my own money i think my highest bill was 50 for 1 month, that was high forme to so i also went to BBs systems.. Think i was paying around 8.95 per month for the service to..lol


August 9th, 2008, 11:43 AM
Q-Link lives on; fire up your C64s or VICE and relive those golden days...



August 9th, 2008, 11:51 AM
Q-Link lives on; fire up your C64s or VICE and relive those golden days...



Cant im selling my stuff.lol dont even knowwhere my C64 PSU is and i donthave extention phone cable either.lol

August 9th, 2008, 12:44 PM
If I fire up my C=64, the door will slam shut :)

August 9th, 2008, 01:11 PM
my trusty Commodore 64 and my 1200 baud modem, yes 1200 cream color modem i still have, could download about 100k withing seconds on a good connection..lol


Better image but not my image, but posted incase ya cant see the 1200 .lol

This is for sale, Decent offers please. No Box Or mauals or Disks sorry just modem

October 30th, 2011, 06:01 AM
I have a new Commodore 300 baud modem in a shrink wrapped box; sticker price is $79.99. :)6996