Internet service provider Line One has abandoned its free-phone online access service after less than four months because it was too popular and costing the company too much in subsidies.
The company, a joint venture between BT and United News & Media, now doubts that any free-phone internet access service is economically viable.
Although Line One was charging no call fees, it still had to pay wholesale per-minute call charges to other telecoms companies.
Line One announced the withdrawl of its offer in an email to subscribers over the weekend. The offer will cease on September 30 and be replaced by free off-peak internet access only.