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Free broadband forever

As widely predicted, Carphone Warehouse does a Freeserve and offers “Free Broadband Forever”. 8Mbps, 40GB monthly usage limit, £29.99 connection fee and no monthly cost if you pay line rental to Carphone Warehouse instead of BT and sign up for the £9.99 per month international calling plan.

It’ll be interesting to see if they can cope with the demand and if other firms make half-arsed attempts to copy the deal. Remember the chaos over free dial-up and then flat-rate Internet access?

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I’m not so sure as it depends on the provider having their equipment installed in BT exchanges, so not everyone can offer this sort of deal. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more combined packages, though — phone/broadband/content. My guess is that the next major announcement in this area will be from Sky, which owns Easynet.

> I’m not so sure as it depends on the provider having their equipment installed in BT exchanges, so not everyone can offer this sort of deal.

True, but I think BT will cut the wholesale prices. CW’s going to lose money on every customer until it can get ’em off BT equipment and onto LLU, and I think the ISPs that depend on BT will scream blue murder about the price difference between BT kit and LLU.

> I wouldn’t be surprised to see more combined packages, though — phone/broadband/content.

Do you think the market’s ready for that? It’s been tried quite a few times over the years.

> My guess is that the next major announcement in this area will be from Sky, which owns Easynet.

Yeah, I think you’re right. I can see them offering cheap/free broadband to telly subscribers.

> I’d also wait and see what the first lot of people to sign up for it say as it’s an 18-month contract.

Oh yeah. The problems I had with Bulldog last year are still fresh in my mind….

True, but I think BT will cut the wholesale prices.

Are they allowed to do that? I thought that they were prohibited from selling it at less than its real cost to ensure fair competition.

Do you think the market’s ready for that? It’s been tried quite a few times over the years.

I do with a Sky or NTL/Telewest deal with includes TV, perhaps not so much with a phone/broadband-only deal.

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