TFI Excite's unmetered Internet access

But MP3's a no-no

The latest entrant in the free Internet access stakes is Excite UK. With a single £50 annual charge and £20 for subsequent years, Excite is claiming there are no hidden costs such as monthly subscription charges or forcing users to change from their current telephone service provider. U Users also get free email and 5Mb of web space. A family service is available at extra cost which supports up to four email addresses. TFI (The Free Internet) also offers single-channel ISDN access and 30 minutes before auto disconnect. Although the service is billed as 24/7 without restrictions, the small print in the terms and conditions reveals a block on bandwidth-hungry tasks such as streaming audio and video, MP3 downloads and frequent automatic checks for new email. But an Excite spokesman told The Register>/i> that the restrictions could just be a temporary measure: "We're at the bleeding edge here, we'll be reviewing traffic levels continually and could see some restrictions being lifted within a couple of months." He added that LAN modem sharing under Windows 2000 was also possible. For users wanting unrestricted access, Excite offers another service using local call rates. More at ®

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