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      21.11.2000 00:11
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      Global Internet is the grandparent of most modern day ISPs, existing long before the multitude of Free ISPs that have sprung up from nowhere. But facing such free competition, can they afford to still be charging their dial-up customers around £10 a month for the privelage of using their service? Well, in a world where all ISPs charged likewise, GlobalInternet would be great - they are practically 100% reliable - I can't remember the last time I got an engaged tone. You get up to 5 email addresses, 20mb of webspace and access to a large and fast newsgroup server. The speed of internet access is fairly consistent, and is probably the fastest I've tried. Unfortunately, although I've thankfully never had to use them, the technical support are not up to scratch - they're slow, blunt, and not particularly helpful. But that's a small price to pay for an otherwise good service, unfortunately - £10 a month is NOT a small price to pay for such a service. The fact is that there are a lot of Free ISPs with a similar service, and in some cases supposedly the same quality of service, so until Global Internet can drop their subscription costs, it's simply not worth it. Nowadays the only subscription ISP I'd consider joining is BTInternet who offer free-calls, yet still for a lower cost than Global Internet. Good service, but too expensive.

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