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AOL to roll out flat-rate Internet plan

Existing customers get first shout

After much industry anticipation, AOL will begin offering unmetered, flat-rate Internet access, the company announced this morning.

Long-standing AOL customers will get first crack at the unmetered Internet access plan, priced at £14.99 per month and have been promised the service by the end of next month.

The company is also promising unmetered access to thousands of new users. They will get an introductory offer of 24 hours free access for the first month and will be charged at 1p a minute until unmetered capacity becomes available from BT.

Peacock said that BT was finally making available the necessary infrastructure to offer the tariff. This should mean that more ISPs should be able to launch unmetered services that don’t fold under user demand.

AOL U.K. indicated its plans to launch the service in August amid the media firestorm arising out of AltaVista's admission that its U.K. unmetered access product was "being put on hold."


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