AT&T WorldNet Service announced plans today at Internet World to extend its unlimited Internet access pricing plan to all U.S. computer users and to continue a free WorldNet promotion for AT&T long-distance customers through March.
WorldNet, one of the first services to offer unlimited online access for $19.95 per month, will now make the plan available to all users, not just AT&T long-distance customers, AT&T officials said at the trade show in New York.
The company's 5-free-hour introductory WorldNet plan for long-distance customers, which had been set to end Dec. 31, has been extended to March 31, officials said.
WorldNet, launched in March, gained a major competitive boost in the crowded Internet access services market when Microsoft Corp. agreed to bundle WorldNet access software with the Windows 95 operating system. The software also comes pre-installed in Corel Corp.'s WordPerfect Office Suite and on Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Pavilion PCs.
More than 525,000 subscribers have joined WorldNet since its launch, AT&T officials said.
WorldNet access software is available for free download at www.att.com/worldnet/. AT&T is based in Basking Ridge, N.J.