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24/7Freecall is phasing out its current unmetered Net access product in favour of one based on the wholesale unmetered Net access product, FRIACO.

The new FRIACO-based product will cost £14.99 a month - £5 a month cheaper than the ISP's existing product.

To start with the service will be available in the London area, before being rolled out to other parts of the country.

24/7Freecall's existing service will be withdrawn gradually as more and more punters sign up to the cheaper package.

The ISP is currently negotiating with BT, WorldCom and ViaTel to see which operator provides the wholesale FRIACO product.

In December 2000 24/7Freecall kicked off 1,000 users from its service claiming they "abused" the service for staying hooked up to the Net for too long. It also announced it would not be taking on any more subscribers.

A month earlier the ISP kicked off 400 users for a similar offence.

However, some punters demanded refunds after having cash deducted from their accounts within days of being removed.

Sal Abdin told The Register today: "Most of the refunds have been paid - we've sorted most of it." ®

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