Product Type: Freeserve in Telecommunications Services
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Unlimited (Almost) Access, Web Space, News Groups for £10
Member Name: pottmar
Date: 14/09/00, updated on 08/10/00 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Unlimited (Almost) Internet Access, Webspace, Newsgroups all for £10 Per Month
Disadvantages: Almost Unlimited is not unlimited.
I was very happy with my previous ISP, never had any problems with them, but I was spending about £40 a month on call charges.
I had heard about freeserve unlimited from a friend, you have to have a BT phone and you have to register with freeserve. If you have done both then you can register your interest for freeserve unlimited, you will be asked a few questions and about a week later you will receive an email from them confirming your acceptance. This email contains a like to a website that will help you configure your PC; as soon as it is configured your Internet access is unlimited for £10. A week or so later you will receive a box to plug into your phone socket. This box will route all of your national and international calls over the energis network. If you make a minimum of £10 a month of national or international calls then there will be no charge for Internet access. If you have not made enough calls then there will be a minimum charge of £10.
As far as I am concerned this is a bargain I save loads of money. I was a bit worried because this scheme has proved very popular especially with the demise of other so called free ISPs, but I have never had any problem logging on, or with the speed of downloads.
You get 15Mb of free web space included in the price, this is enough to create yourself a pretty good website and the news server contains about 25000 newsgroups with most of the ones you would not want your kids to find removed, but I would never recommend letting kids on the internet unaccompanied unless you have some very good filtering software installed.
I still think that one day we will be able to access the Internet completely free, but until that happens I am very happy paying my £10 a month, my phone bill has reduced to next to nothing. If you are still paying high phone bills its time to switch.
Freeserve have just anounced that unlimited does not mean unlimited. They are joi
ning in with the rest of the so called free ISPs and banning people who abuse the system. At least they will be gining people a chance to change their practices, they will be sending out letters in the next week or so to those users who they consider to be abusing the system. They will then be given time to change their practices before they get kicked off. What with this and the fact they are now restricting the size of your mailbox (Admitedly, it is still a good size, 100Mb or 1000 emails) I will still use it until something better comes along, but be warned they are watching you.