Copycats of Dixons phenomenally successful Freeserve free Internet service are mushrooming across Europe.
Two Italian telecommunications companies, Tiscali and Infostrada, have launched similar services for Italian consumers.
Tiscali has rolled out Freenet, which includes an email box and 3Mbyte of Web space at no cost to the user, aside from a local telephone connection. The service is currently only available to users in Rome, Milan and Sardinia, but Tiscali hopes to have it available to all Italians by June.
Infrostrada, the telecommunications company owned by the Olivetti Group, has launched a free Internet service called Internet 1055. By dialling the 1055 prefix consumers are automatically logged onto the Internet for the cost of a local phone call. The service includes an email box, but no free Web space.
Other free Internet services are expected to launch in Europe over the coming months.
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