Five hundred users of the Breathe.com free internet, have been told they are using it too much, and must now pay for the much-vaunted service.
The deal was launched in the spring, offering users access to the internet 24 hours a day for life for only £50. But just weeks later, Breathe told the 500 heaviest users that they were putting the service at risk for others, and disconnected them. They have been offered their £50 fee back as credit for the normal service.
According to Sean Gardner of Breathe.com, many of those disbarred were breaching the terms of the agreement, as they were businesses and the offer was only intended for domestic users. He said that it was never intended that the lines should be used 24 hours a day, and that a small number of users were spoiling the service for the others.
This dispute may be just the tip of the iceberg, as LineOne intends to stop its free service in September.