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BTopenworld is ditching its 24/7 unmetered dial-up service, according to insiders. Instead, BT's ISP plans to cap the amount of time people are allowed to use the service to 150 hours a month.

In effect users will have the amount of time they are allowed to stay online without incurring additional call charges cut by around half.

Anyone approaching their new monthly limit will receive an email to let them know. If they want to continue using the service after they have exceeded their quota, then they will have to download the Pay As You Go dialler from the BTopenworld Web site for the rest of the month.

If all the hours aren't used up then they can be carried over for the next month, but only up to a maximum of 50 hours.

This new tariff will replace its "all-you-can-eat" service, which effectively allowed people to stay online 12 hours in every 24 without having to pay for the cost of the Internet call.

According to sources most of BTopenworld's punters will be unaffected by the change, which is due to be introduced from November 1. However, this new tariff structure will curtail the usage of around one in ten of all BTopenworld's unmetered dial-up subscribers.

No one at BTopenworld was available for comment at the time of writing. ®

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