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when will us in UK get access to non metered internet access (exactly)
and will the connection be any good??
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by:AdamWoodland
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Altavista's service will be avaliable within 3 months, but is limited to 500,000 users. This will help with speed, it should be fine for browsing but I'm not sure it will be great for gaming.

Check this website:

http://www.altavista.co.uk/company_info/about_av/av0800.jsp 

for more information and subscribe with the email address box to ensure you get a place (which I believe are going quickly). I believe you can use your BT line for this service.

NTL are also will be (might already) offering this service, and because its cable, should be slightly faster, however you will have to use NTL's lines, which can be a problem if you don't have any in your street :-).

Check:

http://www.ntl.com

that may have information, but I haven't looked.

I suspect other ISP will set up similar services, but as with the current 'free' ISPs, they aren't as good (fine for general browsing, but not for gaming or large amounts of surfing) as the ones you pay for (£10 per month sort of subscription).

Hope this helps.
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Another point I forgot to add, to find out more information on Altavista's services, they have their own EE area at:

http://experts-exchange.altavista.com

where you login details are also valid. If you want more information on Altavista's service, you might want to try there.
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by:AdamWoodland
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NTL's site for information on free access is here if you are interested.

http://www.askntl.com/freeinternet.asp
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AdamWoodland earned 200 total points
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More info time...

As you said EXACTLY

Altavista say withing 3 months, they don't even know yet! (is that exact enough?).

NTL I believe are doing it now, but you must make £10 of calls to benefit from free Internet.

Connect0800 (www.connect0800.com) have been offering this service for some time now (they did close new subscriptions due to the high amounts of subscribers, but have open it up again with a subsription). As for the connection - no idea.
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by:alco
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confirms what i thought although didnt know about only limited numbers of people being allowed to connect to altavista at first (lucky i expressed interest on first day the story broke
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