Record numbers sign up for UK's first free Internet service

- FreeServe, the eight-week-old UK company offering free access to the internet, claims to have signed up more than 475,000 accounts since its launch.

- FreeServe, the eight-week-old UK company offering free access to the internet, claims to have signed up more than 475,000 accounts since its launch.

FreeServe, owned by high street retailer group Dixons, claims an average of 8,500 people are joining the service each day. FreeServe is available free to consumers from Dixons, Currys, PC World and the Link store.

FreeServe estimates that 40% of its customers are new to the Internet. Overall it estimates that this represents an increase of more than ten per cent in the number of people online in the UK, which is currently estimated at 1.8 million.

Mark Danby, general manager of FreeServe, said: "These figures are great news. Not only is Freeserve attracting a huge number of users, but we are also growing the UK internet market."



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