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Vint
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 -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26131074@N07/2746703479/

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Link

steveuk
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

Steve

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

http://www.quantumlink.tk/

m

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

http://www.quantumlink.tk/

m

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

Druid6900
August 9th, 2008, 12:44 PM
If I fire up my C=64, the door will slam shut :)

steveuk
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

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/492/1200xe4.jpg

Better image but not my image, but posted incase ya cant see the 1200 .lol
http://www.old-computers.com/museum/hardware/commodore_modem1200_1.jpg

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

johninwaegwan
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