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BT is offering free use of its high street broadband Internet kiosks as part of a promo to plug the service.

From today, BT won't charge a penny for services such as Web access, email and text messaging from its Internet kiosks in London. The London promo runs for a week until November 10. Punters in Leeds and Manchester can get it between November 11 and 17.

After that, the promo will roll out to a further 27 towns and cities between November 18-24, and in another 40 areas from November 25 to December 1.

Since July, BT has installed more than 1,000 new Internet kiosks and plans to have 20,000 within the next five years. For some people, this could be the first time they will have accessed the Internet using a broadband connection, according to BT.

Indeed, for the third of the country that can't currently get ADSL, a trip to London to use one of these kiosks is about as close as they're gonna get to broadband.

El Reg understands coach parties are being organised for trips to the "big city" as we speak. ®

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