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Altavista offers cheap net access
Instead of taking a proportion of the call costs, or a monthly fee, Altavista aims to pay for its scheme through advertising and e-commerce. But rivals say it stands to make big losses when it launches in three months' time. The firm anticipates saving web users 700m a year.

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