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Freeserve Offers E-Mail Notification Service

The UK's leading free ISP Freeserve has announced that it is offering an e-mail notification service to all its customers.

The launch of e.notifier is being made in association with PageOne Communications, the UK's second largest paging operator. The service lets users receive up to 240 characters of virtually unlimited e-mail notifications on their pagers.

The Freeserve announcement comes just two weeks after BT announced its e-mail forwarding service, using the new BT Message 2000 8-line unit manufactured by Motorola.

Freeserve's e-mail notification service will cost £19.99 ($32) to install, with the first three months free. Thereafter the service costs £10 ($16) per quarter or £40 ($64) per annum. The special offer ends October 24.

"I am delighted to present this new and entirely unique product," said John Pluthero, Freeserve chief executive.

"e-notifier is an exclusive offer to Freeserve users and represents our commitment to improving content and enhancing value for our customers."

This week, the stock market has been worried about Freeserve's claims, marking its share price down to below the offer price for the first time in its history.

BT's email forwarding service costs companies £19.95 ($32) for 150 e-mail messages a month, with each message up to 175 characters long. BT announced earlier this month that it was also working on encryption for pagers and linking pagers to alarm systems.



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