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Juno limits email checking

The company implements a once-a-day email checking policy for subscribers to its free service.

Compulsive email checkers who subscribe to Juno Online Services may have to kick the habit.

Juno has begun implementing a once-a-day email checking policy for subscribers to its free service, the company confirmed today.

"The policy affects less than 1 percent of our subscribers," said a Juno spokesperson, who said the company has more than 6.5 million users. She declined to elaborate on the policy.

The policy casts yet another shadow on the free, advertising-supported online service business model. Juno, unlike the free Web-based email providers like Hotmail that require the user to already have Internet access, provides access through proprietary software. Other free, advertising-supported online services have struggled to survive or have gone belly up. These include Hyper Net USA and USFreeway. Free Net access provider went bankrupt in October.

Juno has not ruled out extending the once-daily email rule to the rest of its subscribers, according to the New York Times, which first reported the new policy.