The little known UK ISP Redten has finally revealed the details of its broadband + FREE PC promotion, which was first reported on last month (
A unique broadband deal for consumers and businesses was launched today. For a monthly fee of only £19.99 every customer will receive a comprehensive PC package worth £500 as part of the broadband offer.
This service is being provided by Redten Internet, which is under the umbrella of Watford Electronics Group, one of the UKs leading suppliers of IT products for the home and business, in partnership with BT Wholesale, Intel, Microsoft, LG Electronics, F-Secure and Belkin.
Beyond its promise of providing a personal computer as part of its broadband offer, Redten Internet will also be providing 365-day telephone technical support throughout the length of the customer relationship, free software titles, free operating system upgrade voucher, free upgrade of bandwidth and an automatic upgrade of computer when the three-year contract is renewed.
Early adopters will receive their broadband connection and computer in time for Christmas. The PC will arrive fully configured and ready to connect to the internet. The package is backed by a 3-year warranty and an anti-virus and parental-control software suite.
Customers will also have access to a specially-designed portal, through which theyll be able to access email, populate their webspace, read BBC news and sport stories, and search the internet.
For those who wish to have their PC and internet set up for them there is a home-installation service whereby a technician will visit the customers house to set everything up for a charge of £32 or for an additional £1 on the monthly subscription fee over the three-year contract.
A range of upgrade packages aimed at beginners, families and businesses is also available which includes printers, surge protectors, software and the home-installation service.http://www.redteninternet.com1. Specification of the PC
3GHz Intel Pentium 4 531 HT processor
945GZ Motherboard with 3D graphics, sound & networking
512MB DDR2 Memory
160GB Ultra-ATA 133 hard disk drive
19 LG 1919S LCD Monitor (free upgrade from 17 LG monitor on first 10,000 units)
200W stereo speakers
Silver/Black LG optical mouse
Silver/black LG Keyboard
Mini-ATX case with 300W PSU
MS Windows XP MCE 2005 Operating System with free upgrade voucher to MS Windows Vista
All formats LG SuperMulti 18X DVD player/rewriter
ADSL 2+ external modem
90-day F-Secure Internet Security Suite (anti-virus, anti-spam, parental control)
3-year Return-to-Base Parts-and-Labour warranty
365-day telephone technical support2. Broadband specification
Up to 8Mb broadband (exchange dependent)
Unlimited downloads (subject to a fair-usage policy)
5 email addresses
10GB web space
Users with BT lines will automatically be upgraded to 24Mb for no extra charge when it becomes available from April 2007.
There is also a modem and connection charge of £49.99 and we couldn't find the Fair Usage Policy on their website, although it might be hidden inside the general Terms & Conditions.
Typically the biggest draw back to Redten's offer is that it requires you, albeit understandably, to subscribe for a period of three years! By personal rule its always wise to avoid any contracts longer than 3 months.