UK readers may find Red Ten Internet interesting. For £20 a month, you get 8mbps broadband and a free PC worth £500. The catch is that you’ll have to sign up for 3 years, but after the 3 years the PC is yours to keep. According to the Red Ten site, the PC has the following specifications:
– Intel Pentium 4 3GHz processor with
Hyper Threading Technology
– 512MB DDR2 Fast Ram
– 160GB Ultra-IDE 7200RPM hard disk drive
– All-format LG DVD-RW rewriter
– LG keyboard and optical mouse
– Microsoft Media Center 2005 operating system
– Free upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista
Unlimited 8mbps BT (not unbundled) broadband for £20 a month on it’s own is pretty decent. With ISPs like BT which will charge more you’ll often get tied into a 12 month or 18 month contract. At £20 a month for 36 months, the total cost of this package for 3 years works out as £720. With installation at £50 it works out as £770. Taking away the cost of the PC at £500, the cost of the broadband is £270.
I can’t find an entry for Red Ten on Think Broadband so I’m not sure how reliable it really is. They are however owned by Watford Electronics which also run Savastore.
Since I’ve already got a computer which I’m happy with, Red Ten won’t be aimed at an audience such as myself. However, it is a great low-cost way for a lot of people to get onto the internet.