Feeds

Internet free call free-for-all

UK ISP lets members use 0800 number

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Net users in the UK are expected to run amok next week when they are given the chance to access the Net for free. London-based ISP, The X-Stream Network, is offering its 200,000 registered users the chance to access the Net using a toll-free 0800 number, instead of incurring the usual local-rate charge. Available on Monday, 8 March between 6pm and midnight, the promotion marks X-Stream's first year as a subscription-free service provider - a model that has since been widely adopted by companies such as Dixons and Tesco. And in a provocative move the company said it is "throwing down the gauntlet to Dixons FreeServe, Tesco and others" to raise the stakes in the provision of free Internet access. "As the first [ISP] to offer free access we stunned the market," said Paul Myers, MD of X-Stream. "Our innovation, courage and success forced the likes of Dixons, BT and Tesco to re-organise their Internet strategies and offer free Internet access. "Now we're doing it yet again and once again we are driving the market to another level entirely," he said. Unlike other subscription-free services which generate revenue from splitting the call charge with telecomms companies, Myers insists that most of The X-Stream Network's income is earned through advertising. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.