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Carol Vorderman's Internet column: Are you being served?; Check Our Great Guide To Internet Providers.

BY POPULAR demand, here is the definitive round-up of current UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

We drew up the chart following all your e-mails asking for details on ISPs and the mass of new ISPs that have come online this year.

There are now two main forms of Internet access in the UK.

Monthly subscription services: These give you full, unlimited access to the Internet at local call rates for a monthly subscription fee (typically about pounds 10-pounds 15). They almost always include newsgroup access, multiple e-mail accounts, webspace and technical support charged at local call rates.

Free Services: Nothing to pay except the price of your telephone calls.

Additional services such as newsgroups and personal web space may not be included in the package and technical support is usually more expensive than with subscription-based ISPs.

Some of these free services charge a one-off fee which is detailed below.

SUBSCRIPTION-BASED PROVIDERS

AOL

Contact no: 0800 722 711

Website: www.aol.co.uk

Cost: pounds 16.95

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 2MB per address

No of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10.30pm, Sat 9am -9.30pm

Technical Support: Free

BowieNet

Contact no: 0870 909 8400

Website: www.davidbowie.com

Cost: pounds 10.50

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 20MB

No of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac Compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: Free

BT Internet

Contact no: 0800 800 001

Website: www.btinternet.com

Cost: pounds 11.75

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 10MB

No of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: Local call rate

Cable & Wireless

Contact no: 0800 092 3001

Website: www.cwcom.net

Cost: pounds 10 plus one off registration fee of pounds 10

Connect at local call rate:Yes

Free web space: 5MB

No of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: No

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: National call rate

ClaraNet

Contact no: 0845 355 1000

Website: www.clara.net

Cost: pounds 8.99

Connect at local rate:Yes

Free web space: 10MB

No of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: Local call rate

Compuserve

Contact no: 0990 000400

Website: www.compuserve.co.uk

Cost: pounds 17.95

Connect at local call rate: Yes

Free web space: 5MB

No of e-mail addresses: 1

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: 8am-12 midnight

Technical Support: National call rate

Demon

Contact no: 0800 027 0127

Website: www.demon.net

Cost: pounds 11.75 plus one off fee of pounds 15

Connect at local rate:Yes

Free web space: 5MB

No of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: Local call rate

Direct Connection

Contact no: 0800 072 0000

Website: www.dircon.net

Cost: pounds 13.50

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 20MB

No of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

Technical Support: Local call rate

Global Internet

Contact no: 0870 909 8000

Website: www.global.net.uk

Cost: pounds 105.74 per year

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 50MB

No of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: National call rate

MSN

Contact no: 0870 601 1000

Website: www.msn.co.uk

Cost: pounds 14.95

Connect at local rate:Yes

Free web space: nil

No of e-mail addresses: 1

Mac compatible: No

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: Local call rate

Nationwide

Contact no: 0800 731 6860

Website: www.nationwide.co.uk

Cost: pounds 7.50

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 5MB

No of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support Cost: Local call rate

Pipex Dial

Contact no: 0500 474739

Website: www.uk.uu.net

Cost: pounds 12.75

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 15MB

No of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: No

Technical Support Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-8.00pm

Technical Support: National call rate

Prestel On-Line

Contact no: 0990 22 33 00

Website: www.prestel.co.uk

Cost: pounds 10.56

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: Unlimited

No of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: National call rate

Virgin Net

Contact no: 0500 558800

Website: www.virgin.net

Cost: pounds 11.99

Connect at local call rate: Yes

Free web space: 10MB

No of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical Support Hours: Round the clock

Technical Support: Local call rate

FREE ACCESS PROVIDERS

BT ClickFree

Contact no: 0800 731 7887

Website: www.btclickfree.co.uk

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: No

No of e-mail addresses: Unlimited from talk21

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical support hours: 8am to midnight, 7 days

Technical support cost: 50p a minute

Freeserve

Contact: Dixons

Website: www.freeserve.co.uk

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 15MB

No. of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: No

Technical support hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: 50p a minute

C&W Internet Lite

Contact no: 0800 092 3001

Website: www.cwc.com

Cost: One-off fee of pounds 10

Connect at local call rate: Yes

Free web space: No

No. of e-mail addresses: 1

Mac compatible: No

Technical support Hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: National call rate

X-Stream

Contact no: 0171 771 6666

Website: www.x-stream.com

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 20MB

No. of e-mail addresses: 1

Mac compatible: No

Technical support hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: 50p a minute

FreeDotNet

Contact no: 0181 568 6462

Website: www.thefree.net

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 2MB costs pounds 20 for first year plus pounds 10 for each following year

No. of e-mail addresses:1

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical support hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm (to 8pm on Mon and Thurs)

Technical support cost: London number, but will call you back, if you are outside London

Tandy

Contact: Get free CD from any Tandy store

Website: No web site yet

Cost: One-off fee of pounds 10

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: No

No. of e-mail addresses: 1

Mac compatible: No

Technical support hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: National call rate

TescoNet

Contact no: 0845 605 0100

Website: www.tesco.net

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 10MB

No. of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical support hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: 50p a minute, Free online

Freeonline

Contact no: 0870 706 0504

Website: www.free-online.net

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: Unlimited

No. of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical support hours: 7 days, 7am to 11pm

Technical support cost: 49p a minute 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri, 39p at all other times

Connect Free

Contact no: 0870 742 1111

Website: www.connectfree.net

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: Unlimited (for non-commercial use)

No. of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical support hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: 50p a minute

Toys R Us (Breath.net)

Contact no: 0800 298 3030

Website: www.breathe.co.uk

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 10Mb

No. of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: No

Technical support hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: pounds 1 a minute

Arsenal FC

Contact no: 0171 704 2020

Website: www.arsenal.co.uk

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 5MB

No. of e-mail addresses: 5

Mac compatible: No

Technical support hours: Round-the-clock

Technical support cost: pounds 1 a minute

Free4All

Contact no: 01303 775500

Website: www.free4all.co.uk

Cost: Free

Connect at local rate: Yes

Free web space: 10MB

No. of e-mail addresses: Unlimited

Mac compatible: Yes

Technical support hours: 7 days, 8am to midnight

Technical support cost: Local call rate
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