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Limited toll-free access plan revealed

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Freeserve has jumped on the telecomms bandwagon and is to offer limited toll-free access to the Internet. The offer comes on the same day AOL UK announced it is to offer a new pricing plan that gives users Net access at off peak rates all the time. Despite hyping Freeserve Time as "good news for gas-bags and surfers" the deal is a you-scratch my-back-I'll-scratch-yours initiative that should help Freeserve's telecomms partner Energis generate more cash for its business. By routing national and international voice calls through Energis, users will receive a 10 per cent discount on usual BT rates and receive toll-free access to the Net. Users who spend between £3 and £9.99 a month on national and international calls will receive three hours of free Net access. If they spend £10 or more per month on calls and the Net users will be entitled to 10 hours of free Net access. And in instead of switching telco - as with Screaming.net and GreatXscape - all Freeserve users have to do is dial 162 before making their voice calls. Freeserve will announce its first set of results tomorrow after floating in July. ®

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