Juno owner United Online Inc. has added NetZero to its roster of Mac-compatible Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Mac OS X users can now sign up for NetZero Internet access for US$9.95 per month.
NetZero’s Platinum service — driven using a client application not unlike Juno’s equivalent — is now available in a Mac OS X-native form. The service provides users with access to a nationwide network of local Internet dial-up numbers. Web-based e-mail is offered, too.
The news of NetZero’s Mac OS X support comes only weeks after United Online subsidiary Juno likewise announced support for the Macintosh. In February, Juno began to offer a similarly named Platinum service for the same price — $9.95 per month.
United Online Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Brian Woods said that Mac users are loyal and technologically savvy when it comes to Internet access. “Offering a NetZero branded service strongly supports the company’s position as the emerging leader in the value-priced ISP segment of the Mac market,” said Woods.
United Online’s third budget-priced Internet service provider, BlueLight Internet Service — acquired in November 2002 from beleaguered Kmart Corp. — remains PC-only for the moment.