Totalise's service is fast, reliable well like any other paid for isp, except this one pays you. This is a great way to reward its users. And a great incentive for most people to get online via totalise. All they ask you is that you initally use the sevice for 300 hours a month for 3 months. This may sound a lot but think of the money you will get in the end. They have an excellent e-mail service that you can read at home or on any pc in the world through their home page. By sending mail using your totalise e-mail you get even more shares for promoting the company. I currently have around 900 shares in the firm. But right now their share price isn't doing very well. It is listed in aim, where you can check out the price. Currently this is around 10p. They also have a telecom service that proved really cheap phone calls to any where in the world. All you have to do is dial 138 before making a call. But you cave to register to take advantage. As well as this they also sell many items from flowers to cars. Go to their website at www.totalise.net and check out this deal.
I first started using Totalise almost two years ago through a recommendation, and also because they were literally giving away ordinary shares for dial-up and web-based email usage. Money for nothing, surely not? Since then they have to gone on to provide a much more diverse range of services. You can not only use them to provide a simple online email service for you, regardless of where your own PC is, to health care and telecom services. They've also collaborated with companies that can let you send a bunch of flowers online to buying a car cheaper than in your local dealership. I personally use them for email, although I was using them as an ISP up until a few months ago and a change of job meant no more laptop at home..... In terms of connection speed and downtime it seems to vary. My laptop used the same size modem as my step-father, and even though we used the same phone company but lived in different parts of the city, his connection speed was better than mine at any time during the day. I tried various ways round the problem but to no avail. The only way it worked was if I took the laptop across town and plugged it in there. The only thing I could surmise was that we went through different exchanges which might be the problem - if any of you know better, then please enlighten me as none of the techie guys at work knew either! Technically-wise I've found them to be pretty much reliable, with no major problems in terms of connectivity or reliability - which is more than I can say for previous ISPs that I've tried using in the past (bun.com, virgin.net, aol - to name a few). Down-time is infrequent and never usually lasts for a long time, and if you use their help facility they don't normally take too long to answer your queries. As for the shares..... Well, I'm certainly not going to get rich on it. Considering they started out at £1.20 originally, and having been floated earlier this year they
are a measly 16p each the last time I looked. I missed out on the real giveaway share issue, but I still managed to get a few hundred. Given the diversity of areas that they are moving into it may be a bit worrying to some people. But, they are investing in areas which are not 'dot com' so at least they're not putting all their eggs into one basket. Their core business is still being an ISP, which they do very well, and with a growing loyal customer base they should be around for some time to come.
So Totalise is to launch itself into the unmetered 24/7 market !! Well perhaps I should rephrase that as relaunch itself, for last year in August they rolled out 'The Ultimate Surf' their attempt at conquering the market but by January they were hastily rolling it back in again and creating a lot of bad feeling. Now before you jump to any conclusions I'm not one of those obsessive Totalise knockers, but neither am I a Totalise 'hugger' either - I reckon that I have a fairly balanced view of their services and I'm prepared to call it as I see it. My first steps with Totalise were as my email address and as my ISP on an occasional basis (I was one of the Callnet 0800 brigade at first, until their free service died a death). Well I was lucky (or so I thought) in that at just the time that Callnet was calling it quits Totalise was launching The Ultimate Surf - pay up front, free shares and unmetered connection for 2 years - who could want more ? I was already impressed with my dial-up connection to Totalise, and at first the connection was to use the same numbers - so that seemed even better as the quality should remain unaltered. Well off I went surfing quite happily - enjoying the freedom and to be honest I have little complaint about the actual service that The Ultimate Surf provided to me as a customer prior to my premature cut-off in January. Where I do take issue with the company is over the administration - and to be honest I thought that that stank !! I was promised my shares for signing up within a month of my sign-up clearing, well suffice to say it didn't happen. I emailed them - 'no problem - issue them this week or next'. No shares appeared so another email - 'sorry, slight delay, no problem' - still no shares. This continued, and then Totalise announced it was suspending it's shares so they couldn't be traded until they moved from OFEX and the share issue
was complete. I however still didn't have the shares I was entitled to, and not only did I not have them - even if they were to issue them I couldn't sell them !! I queried this with the company. 'Sorry, not our problem or fault, it's stock market rules you see, you can't have shares while they are suspended'. Eventually the suspension ended and my shares were issued, but what had happened ? The price when I was first entitled to the shares was some 24p - the price now was some 15p - so I had lost money (or the chance to make money) because the company couldn't organise itself to issue shares within it's own timetable. I complained and kept complaining and was told to sell my shares and I would get some compensation - another long drawn out battle. Nothing seemed to happen - the directors were never available to sort things out and it would always be 'next week'. Eventually, after much correpondence, an agreement was made and I wa to receive £75 as compensation for the late delivery of the shares !! But what was this ? A letter to me from Totalise 'Regret, overuse, pattern of use, removal of customer from Ultimate Surf etc !!' IF I provide suitable documentation I would receive a refund, but only IF I provided the documentation - so I did, and to be fair the refund arrived within the allotted time - so that only left the £75 compensation. Sorry, did you think I had actually been paid that ? No, it was another wrangle to actually get the cheque from the company after they had promised it to me - some 5 or 6 weeks in fact !! It eventually arrived, was banked and a veil was drawn over The Ultimate Surf until now - when it appears thet 'Son Of' is about to emerge. It looks OK, the company is quite a good ISP (I have no complaints on those grounds - in fact I have recommended them many times !!), BUT beware because if things go wrong they can be a pain to get
things resolved. A lot of people still feel badly done to over The Ultimate Surf, both for what happened and the way it was handled - Totalise used to have a lot of happy and enthusiastic customers - it still does, but there are some very unhappy excustomers out there too !! I've done OK out of Totalise - I use their credit card (see my review if you want more info), and I've still got a telephone account with them as well as using them for my 'main' email address, but I think this time I'll leave them alone when it comes to unmetered access - as my title says - 'Once bitten, twice shy'.
Welcome to Totalise, the user's ISP. Totalise is different to other free ISPs. It has 0845 local rate call access across the UK but doesn't charge users anything for using the service, so all you pay is the cost of a local call. Totalise offers a number of services through it's portal, including email (both pop3 and webmail), shopping, news, weather and TV listings. And it gives you actual shares in the company for making use of it's services. FREE SHARES? A number of ISPs set up in 1999 with the intention of rewarding customers with free shares. In my opinion, Totalise is the only ISP to have done this in a meaningful and rewarding way. The company is listed on the Alternative Investment Market and you can sell your free shares at any time. WEBMAIL Totalise's webmail has one awards for it's ease of use. You can access your email from wherever there is an internet connection, much as with Yahoo or MSN. However I have found Totalise webmail to be consistently reliable - and apart from one banner ad per page there is no other annoying advertising on it. The user interface is incredibly easy to use, and they have full WAP access for WAP mobile phones and even a speechmail service, whereby you can dial in on a telephone and access you email by having the computer read it to you: if you then want to reply it sends a .WAV file of your voice recording back! TOTALISE SHOP Totalise shop is an excellent collection of online retailers. When you purchase you earn commission for Totalise - ultimately helping to increase the value of your free shares. EUREKAR Totalise operates it's own car import service Totalise Eurekar. New cars are cheaper elsewhere in Europe and Totalise import them for you. They also have a contract to supply Direct Line's JamJar.com FLOWERS2SEND Flowers2Send is Totalise's virtual flower shop. They
import your flowers daily from Holland and deliver them in special boxes. There are numerous comments on the site from very satified customers. TOTALISE TELECOM The telephone service offers an alternative to BT connection at a lower price to anyone with a BT line. You also get more free shares for using the telephone service. Totalise has expanded to Australia where they run a similar service. TOTALISE SUPPORT This is where Totalise come into their own. I have found their support people very happy to help at all times - unlike some other ISPs! In all, I really recommend the service from Totalise. I have been a member since 1999 and hav never had any problems, and have made over £500 from the sale of some of my shares - which has more than covered my internet phone bills.
Totalise's Service Is Fast, Reliable Well Like Any Other Paid For Isp, Except This One Pays You. This Is A Great Way To Reward Its Users. And A Great Incentive For Most People To Get Online Via Totalise. All They Ask You Is That You Initally Use The Sevice For 300 Hours A Month For 3 Months. This May Sound Alot But Think Of The Money You Will Get In The End. They Have An Excellent E-Mail Service That You Can Read At Home Or On Any Pc In The World Through Their Home Page. By Sending Mail Using Your Totalise E-Mail You Get Even More Shares For Promoting The Company. I Currently Have Around 800 Share In The Firm. But Right Now Their Share Price Isn't Doing Very Well. It Is Listed In Aim, Where You Can Check Out The Price. Go To Their Website At Www.Totalise.Net And Check Out This Deal.
Update: 16/3/2001 After a constructive comment was made on this post. Totalise customer service is very good. To be honest it was excellent before and would've got 10/10 but today, it would still get a 7/10. Thats mainly because they tend to be inconsistent nowadays but even then an email reply within a week is the norm. With their ISP you get first time connection 9.5 times out of 10. Bandwith is pretty good too. The average is about 48k bps. 0845 dialup is better than the unmetered package in terms of speed. Hope thats better! ---- I joined Totalise well over a year ago now and have been very happy with their service since the day I joined. The free shares were the first thing that attracted me and were tradeable which you can't say about most other companies that are giving away "free shares". Their shares started on OFEX but are now on the AIM market providing more stability. Their ISP was brilliant from the very beginning and their unmetered offer is very good too despite initial trouble. The best thing about them is that they have a very good business plan. Shares are doing ok too but I reckon they'll do much better. They have a 75% stake in an online flower delivery service, they have their own telecommunications arm, they supply Direct Line's jamjar.com with cars, they have their own european car portal, they have a financial arm which provides a credit card amongst other services...plans are on the table for a current account. With the credit card, how many ISPs do you know that lend people money? All in all a great company and great services!!
Apologies if I seem to go over the top with my praise of this company but I have made a decent amount of money off the shares that I've received from them (hence my new PC) so obviously I'm very confident about telling people how good they are. Plus of course the more people join the better the chances of the share price going up and me making even more money ! Not only do they give you shares for registering, using their dial in, using their e-mail, using their Telecom section etc etc they also actually have a fairly comprehensive site which is quite a useful start page in itself. (Note, the above share offers vary from month to month so check before you join) If you dont believe what Im saying please at least go to their homepage and check it out for yourself. It's even got a link to the official stock market site so you can see the real time share price to see how much money your shares are worth !! If I was to have a complaint about them I would say it was the withdrawal recently of their FOC Helpdesk, I used to find this really useful as it didnt really matter what your query was as long as you were a member they would help you out. 9 times out of 10 the advise they gave was usually right as well which is a bonus in itself compared to some Helpdesks !! They do appear to be going through a little bit of a rough time at the moment with the shares not doing so well on the market (only 14p each) but considering we are getting them for nothing that shouldnt really put people off, it's companies like this who are willing to really reward their users thst we should be supporting so get yourself along to their site and get signed up.
Before i begin, this opinion is mainly about shares and the technical aspects. A friend of mine referred me to Totalise about two years ago and I have been a member for a year now. The most striking thing about Totalise is that they offer free shares, which work out as 25p for ordinary shares. Every three months, Totalise send a statement, which includes added shares, removed shares, and your current holding balance. I have tried to define the meaning of the terms used for share trading on Totalise should you decide to buy or sell shares. I will do my best not to use complex share terms. Definitions Broker- Computershare Services uses this person from time to time as an agent to buy and sell Shares in connection with the provision of the Dealing Service. Business Day- As with any other business, Computershare Services is open for business in England and Wales on this day. The Company ‘Totalise plc’ CREST system- CREST Co Limited operates this service. The company uses it for transferring uncertificated securities. Dealing Day- Any Tuesday or Friday in which AIM is open for business. Dealing Service- Computershare services uses this service mainly for the purchase and sale of Shares in accordance with the terms and conditions of the company. IMRO (Investment Management Regulatory Organisation Limited) The body that regulates Computershare services PLC. Nominee Co- a branch of Computershare services. From time to time, the company will nominate a candidate; i.e. a member of the CREST system whose sole aim is to act as a candidate. Nominee Service- This is the service provided by Computershare services whereby a Nominee Co holds Shares by implementing them as a nominee in accordance with the terms and conditions of the company. AIM (Alternative Investment Market) a lightly regulated body of the London Stock Exchange. AIM main
ly trades in younger British companies, especially those involved in the Internet or high technology businesses. (Totalise.net) Shares- The ordinary share of the company is 25p as quoted on the AIM market. Therefore, whenever you see ‘your shares’ it means shares that are transferred by you to the NomineeCo. Stamp duty- or stamp duty reserve tax Associated Company- This is a company that is not part of Computershare Services. Sponsor- this person acts as the CREST sponsor of NomineeCo. The person is also responsible for sending and receiving CREST messages on behalf of NomineeCo Buying shares and selling shares If you wish to buy more Shares and hold them in the NomineeCo, you can only do so by using the Dealing Service or by acquiring the Shares in your own name and then transferring them to the NomineeCo. In using the Dealing Service, you instruct Computershare Services (which will act as your agent) to purchase more Shares for you. If you wish to sell your shares, you can instruct Computershare Services (which will act as your agent) to sell your Shares for you. By giving instructions to sell, you are giving permission to Computershare Services that you are the sole owner of the shares and/or that you have the right to sell the Shares, and in selling such shares, you will be complying with these terms and conditions. Whether selling or buying shares, you have to instruct Computershare Services in writing by post on the standard form, which you can get from the Totalise web site at www.totalise.net. You have to pay by cheque drawn on an account of a UK bank or building society in your name. You may request further forms at any time by telephoning the Nominee Service Helpline on 0870 702 0000 or by writing to Computershare Services PLC, PO Box 1169, Bristol BS99 2PJ. NB: The number of shares that are allocated to you depends on the service that you use. For example, for
using the internet you get 50 shares a month, for using Totalise Telecom for Internet access you get 100 shares a month, for using Totalise Telecom you get 10 shares and if you are a student, you get 150 shares a month. For more information about shares, check out http://www.totalise.net/support/shares/faq.htm http://www.prices.londonstockexchange.com/info.asp?sedol=0798413
Yesterday I received a letter from Totalise along the lines of ...with regret we have to inform you as of 27th January we will be terminating your ultimate surf internet connection. Now on further investigation it appears my crime is that I have been surfing the Internet during the Daytime, but the package was advertised as a 24/7 deal with hourly cut off. Price: £235 for a commitment of 2 years (which I gave when I handed over a cheque to them). So you can see why I may be a bit upset. Totalise in my mind were the best ISP I have ever had the pleasure to come across until they did this in such an underhand way without warning. But I stuck to my side of the bargain gave them the commitment they required so why can't they stick to what they promised when they sold me the package. I can't help the fact that I work Night shifts and the only real surfing time I get is during the day light hours, And anyway they were quite happy to take £30 to £70+ a month off me when I was using the paid connection. Is there anyone else out there that has the same problem , I know of a few myself as I recommended the service to them. LoL shame on me! So be aware when you sign up to these so called 24/7 deals that is NOT what you will be garanteed to actually get, As a company it certainly doesn’t do their credibility any good does it? So my friends, be aware when you check out these 24/7 Deals. And another thing the strangest occurrence with the ultimate surf connection at the moment it is acting very strange with massive download speed of 1.3k however if you swap to the full paying link you automatically jump back up to 4.8k - 5.2k, Hmmm it must be turbulence or something.
I signed up with Totalise over a year ago now - firstly just an e-mail account and then after a month or so I tried their ISP. Their site is very fast and the e-mail account so simple to use - it's perfect. They give you shares when you sign up with them and if you use the e-mail account as your main one they also give you more shares for that! Their ISP was really good too, the downside being that you have to pay the local call charges. However now I believe that they are doing a deal whereby you pay around a hundred pounds and have totally free internet access 24-7 for a year. You'll be able to find all the details for that on their website - www.totalise.net They send you a share statement quarterly and ask you to visit their share claim site to verify it all, where they update the amount of your shares and show the breakdown of what they were allocated to you for. The share price is available from the site - there's a link on the page amongst all the other offers they advertise. I'd say it is a very good idea for you to sign up with them - they are now into telecommunications and have just launched a credit card (Intermutual). Even though their share price is very low at the moment (12p) don't let that put you off! All you do is sign up with them and you get shares for FREE! To me, it's worth doing - can't go wrong!
I joined Totalise when they started mainly attracted by their offer for shares to members. Although their share price has floundered (currently 13.5p per share!), I have used the service as my main ISP on and off since. Since the start Totalise have offered a 'free internet' service through an 0845 local phone number, though you have to pay for these local charges - for BT this is 1ppm (pence per minute) off-peak and 3ppm peak. This type of "pay-as-you-go" service is suitable for low-useage internet surfers. As an example, if a user spends 30 mins per day on the net during the week and 2 hours at the weekend. The weekly cost is £2.70 on BT and about 10% less with other telcos. This translates to around £11.50 per month! Recently Totalise are offering a pre-paid service known as "The Ultimate Surf" which is a 2 Years Internet Access Package costing £235 inc vat, which needs to be paid up front, but you do get 500 shares! The service provides unmetered access however if there is no activity (on the line) for 5 minutes you are disconnected and in addition, every 1 hour you will be disconnected with no warning. As a result you can't download large files via this service - you need to use their 0845 number costing 1ppm! Another new feature to Totalise is the "Totalise Call Manager" that provides a pop-up window that displays a caller's id if you are on the Internet when they call. You are then gioven a selection of options including Voice over Internet connection, however there is a 10p charge although I'm not sure how this works. On the 0845 number, connection speeds are good and I often connect at 40 or 44kpbs. The email service is very good but I have this connected to Microsoft Outlook so I very seldom use it now. In my experience Totalise offer a reliable internet service. However I often have problems connecting with the computer at the far end disconnec
ting me! Technical support at the moment is charged at 50ppm, which does seem a bit high. But fortunately I have not had to use them. In conclusion Totalise is a better than average ISP.
Totalise is a local call ISP that offers you free shares in its company in return for using its service. The service itself is reasonable, with usually good access and email facilities. The web site offers a lot of bargains, such as cheap telephone calls and cheacars bought over the internet. The bonus is that each month you are given free shares in the company. After about 1 year of use, I have accumulated shares which are worth £200 which more than makes up for the phone charges, so you cannot really complain at the sometimes slow connections. The homepage is well laid out with a 'news feature' each few days that is usually something of general interest. The site contains lots of links to services that Totalise provide, and they seem to have their fingers in many pies. Firstly, you can sign up for Totalise Telecom, their cheap phone service - you know the type, use 138 in front of your calls and you get them cheaper. This is a good service as there are particularly good savings on international calls. You not only get cheaper calls than BT but they will also give you 10 shares if you chalk up more than £10 of voice calls in a month, effectively knocking another 15% off your bill. Your bill comes in email form each month, and the money is taken off your credit card a few days later. There is free SMS messaging to any mobile phone, a facility that Totalise started, though quite a few sites offer this now. You can check the current share price through a link on the home-page, the shares being listed on AIM (Alternative Investment Market). Then there is a cheap over-the-net car buying service called Totalise Eurekar, which promises to save £500 or so off the price of a new car - this has apparently been very popular with memebrs of the public according to their press release, and companies such as Direct Line are using rebranded on their site - a good omen for the future share price and profits of the company.
You can also access your email as a web-based email system from the homepage - great if you are on holiday and desparate to see who's been writing to you. Using their email system regularly gives you 10 shares a month, and an extra 10 every quarter. Otherwise, shares are allocated for dialling in using their telephone number, up to 50 shares a month if you are connected for 10 hours a month. You also get extra shares for shopping through their site - they even have their own Totalise flower shop! However, the share offers do keep changing, so check back every now and then - they usually email you when the share offer changes. You will also get an email every quarter telling you how many shares you have earned, and your total. These can be traded through the stockbroker Computershare. All in all Totalise is a great company, providing all the services you would expect from an ISP, and offering you free shares to boot. Theya re obviously going places - they had a huge exhibition at the Tomorrow's World Exhibition in 2000.
I joined Totalise about 11 months ago, just after it was founded. I was enticed by claims of free shares, just for using what was a free internet access isp. As it was the first of it's kind, I took the rather naive view that it was too good too be true. 11 months on, and I still think it it too good to be true, but I know it is. I promptly received my share certificates, until they switched to a nominee system. Now I know they are safe 24/7. The company has grown, and holds an impressive list of subsidaries, including firebox.com and eurekar.com (suppliers of jamjar). The service itself is excellent. It is extremely quick and efficient. I have never had any problems. My only concern is their lack of flexible flat rate payment systems. Totalise comes highly reccomended, and it's first year has seen it switch from ofex to the AIM share index - testimony to it's success. A great service, and the shares make you feel part of the company.
I joined Totalise after a recommendation from a friend around a year ago now. It was on the understanding that they would issue me free shares for using their services, such as their server and their webmail facilities. I thought to myself a company giving something for nothing, not likely! However a year on I eat my words humbly and with great joy, Totalise offer a great service, with fast connection, and a very simply layout that is easy to use and sacrifices gimmicks for simplicity. As for the shares the usual allotment is 10 shares for using their e-mail service, and a certain quota depending on how long you stay connected on their dial up. It is also profitable to get your friends or colleagues to join, as if they mention you in their application then you are issued bonus shares. All you have to do to claim and build up your shares is fill out a monthly questionnaire, which is very simple, and that?s it you get your share allocation for that month. Currently their share index price is sitting stable at 23p per unit, but the Chairman of Totalise has decided to move the company from the current Offex market to the AIM, hoping to create a bigger interest in the company. The main thing about this move is that any benefit, or market recognition, that Totalise receive that increases their share index price will benefit you and me as normal share holders, as the value of our shares increase and we make more money! I have found though that with Totalise that the free shares are, true an added incentive, however if I had been introduced to them even without this offer I would still use them as I am impressed with the service that they offer. The share offer is ending soon as they are moving over to the AIM, so if you want to join up I would do it soon. Otherwise give them a go anyway, I promise you will not be disappointed with the outcome.