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The X-Stream Network launched another toll-free Internet access trial yesterday although it warned users that they could experience problems with the service if demand outstrips capacity. Greg Sukornyk, chief executive of X-Stream, refused to say how many people the service would be able to handle. Instead, he said it would be available on a "first come first served basis". If the trail is oversubscribed then it's possible many people could be frustrated by being unable to access the service. X-Stream launched a similar 0800 trial in March but was criticised by users who were unable to log onto the service. In a prepared statement, Paul Myers, MD of X-Stream UK, said: "Our competitors have generally added a catch to free calls and access -- usually requiring a change from the consumer's existing telephone operator, meaning inconvenience and hassle to the user. "X-Stream's business model and technology allows us to provide free Internet access 24/7 without associated call charges or any other requirements or restrictions. "The ethos of The X-Stream Network is to drive the market in the interest of the consumer. "BT's Surftime is too little, too late. We're offering free access without call charges because we know that's what Internet users want." The service will be funded by advertising and e-commerce revenues. ® Related Stories Internet free call free-for-all Free Web access every weekend Permanent free Web access plan unveiled Phone exchanges blamed for failing Web connections ISP launches toll-free Net access for the sleepless

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