The Xband was great. The competition was fierce both locally in my city and nationwide.The best thing was that we were able to bum free long distance calling off of Catapult (the company that made Xband). When you connected to the service, it would dial a 1-800 number. Then, the modem would enter a 15 digit number to validate itself. We'd record the number on VHS, translate the beeps into their corresponding numbers via hacked Skytel voicemail boxes, and call our friends all over the country on Catapult's dime. I really hope that didn't add to the company's demise.