AOL today promised UK web surfers they would not be affected by the price increases which hit US customers this week.

The ISP raised the price of its Stateside unlimited internet package by $1.95 a month, taking the monthly cost up to $23.90, but stated it will not be raising the UK's £14.99-a-month charge.

"UK users are happy with the price of the current package and we do not intend to alter this," said a spokesperson for AOL.

Price increases in the US were attributed to the popularity of extra services only available state-side, such as voice email messaging which have seen a growth of 50 percent in use.

"We want to maintain a high level of service in both countries and therefore need to work out pricing on a country basis not as a universal hike," said AOL.

Version 7.0 of AOL's software will be available later this year, integrating broadband and local content.

Take-up in the UK, though, is expected to be slow as most home users are unlikely to have broadband access by that date.