Feeds

Yahoo! scraps charge for Web access in UK

Portal giant may take free service into other countries

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Leading portal Yahoo! has become the latest high-profile company to offer a subscription-free Internet access service in the UK. Yahoo! Online -- which is free of charge for users except for a 50p a minute charge for help desk support -- is funded from revenue generated by the interconnect charge and replaces Yahoo! Click which was launched last November in tandem with BT. Back then, many people criticised Yahoo! for adopting the pay-as-you-go service -- which slapped a 1p a minute fee on top of the phone call charge to cover the cost of Net access -- instead of opting for a subscription-free service popularised by the likes of Dixons FreeServe. Nonetheless, Yahoo! has kept faith with BT, which is providing the network and no doubt supporting this new venture in the guise of its own subscription-free service BT ClickFree. For the moment at least Yahoo! Online is only available in the UK but Kate Rider, spokeswoman for Yahoo! UK, said the company hadn't ruled it out for other countries. "It's all dependent on local market needs and requirements," she said. Earlier this month, Yahoo! announced an agreement with Germany's second largest telco, Mannesmann Arcor, to offer a pay-as-you-go service for users. Both services are branded under the common name of Yahoo! Online and are part of Yahoo! Europe's strategy to move into Internet access services – a move that could seriously challenge the leadership of established online service providers such as AOL and CompuServe. This potential threat to AOL becomes even more apparent after today's news that Yahoo! is branding its subscription-free service for booksellers Waterstone's and the music group HMV. In return, Yahoo! gets two important ecommerce partners that should help drive online sales through its portal site. ®

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
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
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
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.