CompuServe offers the easiest way for the new user to get online and it's totally free with the Independent on Sunday reader offer. Call 0800 289378 for a free introductory membership kit that entitles you to one month's free membership, free CompuServe software and pounds 10.00* free usage credit to explore the service. As an Independent on Sunday reader you can also get an additional pounds 10.00* hours free usage credit by visiting the Independent on Sunday area by typing INDEPROMO at the "GO" prompt when you're online

CompuServe is the world's leading online information service and internet provider. It has over 150,000 members in the UK and over three million worldwide. It offers over 3,000 services including coverage of share prices, news and sport, the UK's leading online Shopping Centre; the Good Pub Guide; online movie clips; and forums on everything from astronomy to gastronomy; and support from over 800 software and hardware companies. CompuServe also provides an easy-to-use interface to the Internet and the World Wide Web.

Membership to CompuServe after the free trial period will cost around pounds 6.25* a month. For full details of pricing after your first free month; type RATES at the "GO" prompt when online. All you need is a personal computer and a modem. If you ever feel out of your depth, there's full customer service (Freefone or online).

*CompuServe is a global service and prices are set in $US. You will be billed in your local currency at the prevailing exchange rate.