Internet Service Provider (ISP) Virgin.net has been dubbed "the champion for Apple fans" in a magazine article.

The piece, in The Sunday Times supplement Doors, notes: "It is no wonder Apple devotees are developing a siege mentality," referring to the lack of Mac ISPs available.

The article goes on to praise Virgin.net's proficient helpdesk support, its Mac software-installation disk and ease of registration - users can sign-up online.

Local rates Virgin.net charges for Internet calls at local telephone rates and there are no monthly subscription fees. Features of Virgin.net's service include five free email addresses, 10MB of space to create a Web site, free online customer support, a choice of 24-hour technical support packages and regular software updates.

Macworld has documented the Macintosh users struggle to find an adequate ISP. In January we reported FreeServe's snub to Macs – its Anytime package excluded Macs.

Default ISP However, last month's news that Apple and Thus are forging an alliance to deliver a default ISP (Internet Service Provider) for UK Macintosh Users provided welcome relief.

Demon, a Thus subsidiary, will become the exclusive ISP of Apple’s Internet Setup Software, which will ship on all Macs sold in the UK.

The Doors article also recommends MacAce, a new provider that "typifies the anti-PC stance" it says.