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Unmetered Internet access rears its ugly head once again, this time from Freeserve and Netgames

Internet users in this country have been polling BT for unmetered Internet access for quite some time now, with limited success. The recent introduction of BT's SuftTime model has helped to increase the amount of 24/7 unmetered services tenfold, but many users are reluctant to sign up for a new phone model, preferring to look out for a simple 0800 number service.. like the latest one, from NetGames UK. The service will launch on the 1st of January and offer 24/7 unmetered connections on a bona fide 0800 number for £25 a month, quite a reasonable tag considering the service. This writer has been on the NGUK Beta test for a couple of weeks now, using it pretty much 24/7, breaking only to redial at the 3 hour cut-off point. In-game pings to servers on Barrysworld, Wireplay and GamesInferno have all been sub-100, at times as low as 40 on ISDN. Occasional packet-loss problems are what the beta is trying to fix at the moment, but it seems to be being handled remarkably well. If you fancy trying it out for free until the end of the year, click here. Another 24/7 service that has been brought into question lately is "Freeserve Unlimited", a farce if ever there was one. Users of this service who dared to take advantage of the always on, always free ideology have been turfed off en-masse. The new service Freeserve intend to introduce is a FRIACO-based system for £12.99 a month. Hopefully they will think this one through this time and won't end up subsidising the userbase to the tune of £500,000 a month.