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Wednesday, 8 November, 2000, 14:30 GMT
The cost of connecting
Internet access in the UK is being shaken up by cut-price offers. But how do the figures add up? Telephone line rental must be added on and some service providers charge premium rates for helplines. Here BBC News Online gives a basic breakdown of how various schemes work and what they offer.

Several service providers have cancelled unlimited free access plans in recent months. They include: Altavista, CallNet0800 and Line One. Virgin has delayed its proposed service.

ISP Subscription costs Call charges
BT SurfTime 5.99 a month off peak
or
19.99 a month round the clock
Free access evenings and weekends
or
Unlimited free access
NTL 10 one-off fee; must spend 10 a month on voice calls Unlimited free access
Demon 11.75 a month Local rate calls
AOL 14.99 a month unmetered access, first month free
Freeserve 5.99 a month off-peak or 10 a month round the clock Free access evenings and weekends
or
Unlimited free access
but
heavy users face restrictions
Telewest 10 a month; must spend 10 a month on voice calls Unlimited free access
Totalise 235 for two years 100 hours a month, unlimited free access from January 2001, plus shares in the company
strayduck No charge Local rate calls - every third week free based on usage
World Online Service withdrawn
Breathe 50 one-off fee
but
heavy users face restrictions
Unlimited free access
RedHotAnt 30 one-off plus 10 a year
or
50 one-off plus 20 a year
or
60 one-off plus 30 a year
Free access evenings and weekends
or
Unlimited free access
or
Unlimited access plus unlimited web space
The Free Internet Group 50 a year Unlimited free access, some usage restrictions

Prices correct at 08 November 2000.

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