'Totally [OT] - Re: A question for the Brits.'
|In message <sunada.com>, Matt Bonner 34438763.38FF6DA
<SUNADA.COM> writes: mbonner
> A question for you British PIClisters:
> My girlfriend (an ex-Brit) says that each e-mail sent from the UK
> costs 10 pence. She figures that's why her brother doesn't send very
> much mail. Considering the volume of mail on this list from the UK, I
> find this charge on e-mail hard to believe - perhaps it's just one
> particular ISP. Any comments? Any suggestions as to an ISP that
> doesn't do this?
> Thanks, Matt
Doesn't this sound like a neat excuse on the fellow's part? Surely
even at that rate, it's cheaper than surface mail postage and a good
But of course, it's ridiculous anyway! E-mail is just one of the
forms of internet traffic and volume-wise, a minor component. If there
was a charge for it by one server, there would immediately be a rash
of offers by other servers to under-cut it. No reason you have to use
your own ISP to handle your mail!
The real worry is the exorbitant BT connect charges! Wow! There is a
move afoot to time-charge local DATA calls in this country to profiteer
>from the Internet. Maybe that is reasonable with a fee of a couple of
dollars a DAY, but $2.00 per HOUR (rough equivalent in our currency of
one English pound) is a rip-off, twice what I pay at "economy" rate
(before noon) to the ISP here, as well as the 25 cent local call fee for
my average of ¹ to one hour connect time.
But I suppose they would call that cheap compared to the all-up fee to
use the telecommunications company's OWN ISP service, about $6 to $8 per
hour I understand!
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