eMachines to launch online service

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eMachines to launch online service

Low-cost PC maker eMachines will enter the low-cost Internet service provider business.

To create eMachines.net, the company will partner with America Online Inc. and AOL’s Netscape Communications subsidiary to offer PCs packaged with a rebate, Internet access, online content and electronic commerce services.

The three partners also are developing an “e-commerce package,” consisting of an eMachines PC with pre-installed AOL software, a special keyboard design and custom desktop icons. Once online, the eMachines.net subscriber will find links to custom America Online services. eMachines.net will also offer a custom portal on a Netscape Netcenter home page, allowing users to access custom third-party content.

MCI WorldComm’s UUNET unit will host the eMachines.net service.

eMachines officials declined to comment on the story, which is based on documents the company has filed in advance of issuing stock.

The full story is posted at www.zdnn.com.

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