"BT Yahoo!" is the result of a partnership between BT -- short for British Telecommunications -- and the Yahoo! search engine. BT is one of the largest Internet service providers in the United Kingdom, while Yahoo! is the second-largest search engine in the world, behind Google. The two companies combine to offer subscribers a range of services and applications typically available only to premium subscribers in the United States.
How To Subscribe
BT Yahoo! is only available to residents in the United Kingdom. BT is one of that nation's top Internet service providers (ISP). When you sign up for Internet service through BT, you automatically receive the services of BT Yahoo! for free with your service contract. In order to access your BT Yahoo! account, you must first log in using a BT e-mail address, which ends with the "btinternet.com" domain name, as your user name and a password of your choosing. If you are not a BT Internet service customer, you will not be able to access the BT Yahoo! home page.
BT Yahoo! gives you easy access to a wide range of Yahoo! applications, including many used to communicate online. This includes the Yahoo! Messenger application, which is identical to the instant messenger program offered to residents in the U.S. Yahoo! Mail is also a free service that comes along with a BT Internet subscription; you automatically receive 50 megabytes (MB) of e-mail storage for the main account linked to your user name and 10 MB of additional storage for each associated family account. Each customer also receives 150 MB of storage space to build your own website through BT's partner website, Geocities.
Privacy and Security Applications
BT Yahoo! also offers several applications and services designed to increase safety and privacy online. These services include a pop-up blocker, parental controls and a spam guard for all BT-based e-mail accounts. A free firewall is also part of the complimentary package; you must select and install the firewall from the options listed on the "My Account" page.
In addition to communications and security applications, BT Yahoo! also offers many multimedia applications with the service. Among these is LAUNCHcast Radio, a tool that lets you stream live music over your BT broadband connection. An online photo album with 100 MB of storage space also comes with your BT subscription. This photo album can be kept private or made public, giving you the option of sharing the images within it with friends and family far and wide.
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