‘Free PC’ craze hits UK

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'Free PC' craze hits UK

A British computer company has become the first to offer UK customers free personal computers with an Internet access contract.

Surrey-based Tiny Computers promises to ship an Internet-ready PC, complete with Intel processor and Microsoft Windows 98 software, to customers who sign on to its new telecom service for a minimum of 12 months. Tiny sold 256,000 PCs from 107 showrooms in Britain last year.

Under the plan, subscribers can make either standard voice calls or use a modem to access the Internet. They are routed over the Cable and Wireless Communications network, but charged at standard British Telecommunications rates.

Subscribers must agree to make at least $39.18 (25 pounds) worth of calls each month for a year.

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