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Adieu Unlimited Freeserve Time, adieu

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Freeserve is set to ditch its loss-making unmetered Net access product despite giving assurances that (UFT) would not be scrapped.

Britain's biggest French ISP gave the assurances at the end of last year after Le Freeswerve announced its intention to introduce an unmetered product, AnyTime, for £12.99 based on the wholesale unmetered product, FRIACO.

Before that it provided a £10-a-month deal which also offered punters discounted telephone calls.

While Le Freeswerve said it hoped people would switch to the new FRIACO-based service, it said the move would not be compulsory.

However, El Reg has seen correspondence from a senior official at Le Freeswerve to a customer which quite clearly says that UFT is to be phased out - possibly within the next month.

In a statement, Le Freeswerve told El Reg: "Since we launched Freeserve AnyTime in January, many of our UFT customers have asked to migrate to the new service, principally because their telecoms provider is BT and we can now offer an unmetered product which doesn't require the use of a router box or a dial-up prefix to connect to the Internet.

"We haven't taken on any new customers to UFT since November 2000, so we will be migrating the existing customer base to Freeserve AnyTime in the next few months. We will be writing to all UFT customers in the coming weeks with details of how to migrate, and to tell them about a special offer for Freeserve AnyTime exclusive to them."

Which sounds to us like UFT is being scrapped. ®

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