Lineone has confirmed that it is not about to join parent company BT and offer toll free access to the Internet - at least not yet.
Managing director of the online service, Ajay Chowdhry, told VNU Newswire this morning that, like all ISPs it is looking at a range of new pricing structures, including toll free access.
"We are not ruling it [toll free access] out. We are looking at lots of different ways to add value to our customers," said Chowdhry, who took the reins at Lineone last month. "I believe the ISP market will be more like the mobile phone market, where there are lots of different pricing structures."
Speculation has been rife since BT Internet's helpdesk let slip that it would be introducing 0800 access to the Web from this weekend. (see Newswire 26 May)
Lineone's joint venture between BT, United News and Media in February saw Lineone cut both subscription fee and staff in a bid to compete with the burgeoning free access market.
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