Pacific Bell and IBM kick off a six-week pilot program today, offering a DSL-ready PC and Internet service package to customers in the San Francisco Bay area.
Pac Bell will waive installation and equipment costs of $198 when a customer purchases a DSL-ready IBM Aptiva and signs a one-year contract for Pacific Bell DSL service. Customers can choose between IBM’s Aptiva 800 E series and 902 E series computers, priced at $948 and $1,398, respectively. Standard DSL service is available for as low as $39 per month, or $49 with unlimited access from Pacific Bell Internet Service.
High-speed DSL connections are “always-on”, thus eliminating the need for dialups and allowing customers to access the Internet almost instantaneously. Pac Bell’s standard DSL service provides downstream connection speeds up to 1.5 megabits per second – 50 times faster than traditional 28.8 kilobits per second analog modems – and an upstream connection speed of 128 kbps.
The package is available now through IBM’s ShopIBM Direct at 800/426-7235, ext. 5730. To find out more about Pacific Bell’s DSL service, customers can call 888/884-2DSL or visit www.pacbell.com.