BT blocks toll-free access to LineOne

And it will stay shut, warns telco

The technical loopholes that allowed some LineOne subscribers to log onto BTInternet's toll-free access service without paying the usual monthly subscription has been closed. A spokesman for BTInternet said technicians resolved the problem on Saturday. He also denied allegations circulated by some Net users that BTInternet is unable to prevent LineOne customers from doing this again in the future. "This simply is not true," said a spokesman for BTInternet. "Because of technical problems some LineOne customers could log onto BTInternet but that was only for a matter of hours," he confirmed. "But this was fixed on Saturday." LineOne is a joint venture between BT and United News & Media. Other than a few "teething troubles" BTInternet said it was pleased with the take-up of the offer, although it would not confirm how many people used the service. "The whole thing worked -- we're very pleased with it," said the spokesman. BTInternet's decision to offer toll-free access at weekends for subscribers of its £11.75 a month unlimited price plan was confirmed last week. ®

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