Home Computer: On-line prices

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The Independent Online
SEVERAL readers have contacted us about the pricing of 'on-line' communications systems. Most have complained that the rather sketchy details in the pricing box accompanying Richard Davy's article last month suggested Cix was more expensive and Compuserve less expensive, than is in fact the case.

The pricing structures involved are complex and difficult to summarise. But Cix is definitely much cheaper if you use the system for chatter. Compuserve's discussion areas, which they call forums, are at least twice as expensive as the equivalent 'forums' on Cix, depending on the speed at which your modem connects.

Compuserve charges extra for high-speed connections, which Cix does not. On the other hand, if your main need is electronic mail or you want simple reference and news services, Compuserve has lower monthly minimum charges.

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