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11/11/00
BT Fires First Shot in Mobile Internet War
- Free unmetered WAP access promised by telecom monopoly

BRITISH TELECOM showed their determination to wrap up the mobile internet market yesterday by revealing plans for flat rate unlimited access.

Subscribers will pay 20 UKP a month for the unmetered WAP service. The single fee enables them to send SMS messages and access the internet from their mobile handsets via the Genie network.

The move is yet another sign that the behemoth plans to hold onto to as much of its monopoly as possible in the changing communications market. In non-mobile internet provision its reluctance to open up the "local loop" has been roundly criticised by rival internet service providers hoping to offer unlimited access to their own subscribers.

Likewise business and consumer groups have been complaining for months about the slow rolling out of the revolutionary service ADSL. This new broadband connection dramatically reduces call charges and speeds up file transfer.



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