Pendle.Net Mail Boxes
It is the intention of Pendle.Net Ltd. to supply FREE mailboxes for anyone residing in Pendle or one of it's sibling domain localities.
Advantages of using one of our mailboxes
How can these services be free?
These new breed of ISPs work on the principal that they take a cut from the telecoms provider (BT, C&W, Energis, etc.) from what you pay for the local call to them. In the case of Freeserve, BT transfers the call to Energis. BT gets 30 percent, Energis gets 70 percent of which a proportion goes to Freeserve. The business model is built on having as many people online for as long as possible, that's why channel bonded ISDN is acceptable (2 call charges for the same connection - though we don't think this would work on the new C&W pricing; 2 channels for 1 call charge!).
We suspect that this business model is only going to work in the UK for now, where we are all greatly overcharged for calls by the telecoms companies. If BT and their partners ever have to charge a reasonable rate then this business model will no doubt have to be modified (hence the rather woolly statements about advertising in the free service provider contracts).
Currently 25 to 30 percent of home accounts are with free ISPs and predictions are that this will rise to 90 percent by 2002.
So is it Really Free?
The subscription really is "free", so enjoy this while it lasts - it may be a long time, it may end soon - only time will tell.
What are the down sides to Free ISPs?
Well, where do I sign up then?
Here's a selection of what's available at the moment. [Note: the avalanche has started to happen - we can't keep up with the almost daily annoucements of new Free ISPs. This list is now incomplete. - 07 April 1999] This is likely to be a very fluid market with ISPs coming and going. Some are backed by large concerns, some seem to be much smaller operations. Take your pick, Pendle.Net Ltd. or any of its associated companies and staff have no vested interest in any of these, we also bare no responsibility for them whatsoever: