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An Internet start-up is offering users the chance to have unlimited Net access until the year 2024 for a one-off payment of just £150. The 25-year agreement comes from Sheffield-based Indigo UK Online -- a subsidiary of Indigo Computer Systems. It is open to both residential and business customers and is limited to the first 200 registered users. Due to be launched in March, Indigo UK Online's proprietor David Reed is adamant that the company will still be honouring its customers' contracts in 25 years' time. But some analysts are urging consumers to think twice before signing up for the deal. "There's little practical benefit in offering a service for this length of time," said Nick Gibson of market research company Durlacher. "Especially once broadband access is introduced within the next three or four years." And he advised people interested in the offer to assess the added value it would provide. With the ISP market in the UK in a seemingly constant state of flux committing to such a scheme may not pay off on the long run. ®

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