Much to the delight of day traders in the U.S., online investors can tap
into free Internet services at Ameritrade Inc.
Ameritrade teamed up Tuesday with free access facilitator 1stUp.com Corp. to offers its members free
dial-up access to the Internet.
Through its relationship with 1stUp.com, Ameritrade is able to offer its
over 1 million customers unlimited Internet access, voicemail, 100
megabytes of online storage and 24-hour customer support services for free.
Jack McDonnell, Ameritrade president, said its free Internet access is an
appealing deal for Ameritrade users.
“Ameritrade is driven to provide our customers with the best tools
available to make their on-line investing experience productive and
enjoyable,” McDonnell said. “1stUp provides an excellent Internet access
solution and we are pleased to join forces with them in providing our
customers with this opportunity to receive free access.”
Ameritade users that access the free Internet service must keep
Ameritrade’s navigation bar on their screens at all times. The navigation
bar presents users with interactive advertisements as well as convenient
links back to Ameritrade’s Web site.
Charles Katz, 1stUp.com president and chief executive officer, said the
deal marks the largest free Internet access offering to the financial
services community in the U.S.
“Ameritrade is already a leading provider of online brokerage services and
now its customers have access to a free Internet service with a complete
suite of features, as well as outstanding content and financial services
through Ameritrade’s Web interface,” Katz said.
The 1stUp.com network is capable of delivering free Internet access to more
than 95 percent of North America.