But whereas the Easy Gate box from Cegetel is little more than a thin client (and has yet to materialise), RedTen are offering a full blown Intel Pentium 4 with a 3 GHz processor, complete with a 160 GB hard disk and a LCD flat-panel monitor, total value – Â£500.
Ok, the customers will have to sign up to a three- year contract, but still.
At the end of the three years, if the customer wishes to renew, the old PC will be replaced by a new one.
If the contract is not renewed, RedTen will take it back. The OS is Windows with a free Vista update thrown in. Update: as Chris Palmer points out in his comment – ‘Actually, [having been on their site today] Redten say you can keep the computer after three years, even if you walk away, and have a new one if you stay‘.
The cost of the package is Â£20 per month for a 8Mps connection speed – upgradable to 24 Mps when available. There’s also an initial charge of Â£50 for the cost of the modem and setting up the connection.
Will this be a growing tendency for ISP’s deperate to gather in the remaining, the unconvinced and/or the out of pocket?
Is it a European trend or will it spread, as predicted here by Tom Maillioux ?
source – Webuser
Important Update: If you’re considering a sign up with RedTen I would have a read of some of the comments on this post, especially the latest one by Gary (1st Feb)
This offer has since been suspended. WebUser article 12.02.07
“Unfortunately, Redten Internet has run out of free PCs” from the Redten site