TelstraClear says there’s no such thing as a free lunch on the internet and has given ZFree the chop. The announcement comes as no surprise. Before TelstraSaturn’s $435 million acquisition of it last year, Clear put a cap on new subscriptions to the free internet service, claiming it couldn’t continue providing it if numbers continued to grow.
ZFree customers will be offered a new pay service, Home 150, which will run on CLEAR Net infrastructure. This will provide five email addresses and 150 hours of internet access for $14.95 a month. It will cost $2 for each hour above that cap.
The service is to be “scaled down” from tomorrow, and will close on April 30. ZFree has around 250,000 subscribers. TelstraClear says during its lifetime, ZFree provided 57 million free internet hours to New Zealanders.