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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 (8:35 am) - Score 12,841

The Go ON UK (RaceOnline 2012) initiative, which is headed up by the country’s Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox, has joined forces with ISP TalkTalk and software giant Microsoft to offer a special refurbished computer (Windows 7 PC or Laptop) and broadband with phone bundle to low income adults and families from just £49.

TalkTalk claims that the new promotion, which bundles 12 months of the ISPs “Essentials” phone and broadband service (40GB usage allowance, free router, HomeSafe security and unlimited evening + weekend calls to UK landlines etc.), is aimed at the 2.4 million UK adults whom say they still can’t afford to get online at home.

The promotion essentially offers either a reconditioned Windows 7 desktop PC with 12 months broadband for £99 (£49 for those on certain benefits) or a reconditioned Windows 7 laptop with 12 months broadband for £149 (£119 for those on certain benefits).

Qualifing Benefits for the Discount

•Housing Benefit
•Income Support
•Jobseeker’s allowance
•Pension credit
•Disability Living Allowance
•Attendance Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance
•Incapacity Benefit / Employment and Support Allowance
•Disability element of Working Tax Credit

Further details can be found under the ‘Special Offer’ tab at the Get Online @ Home website.

UPDATE 1:02pm

Just to clarify, the broadband service itself still costs £5 per month for 12 months (though it’s currently still reduced to £3.25 on TalkTalk’s website) but includes a “welcome credit” of up to £50 to cover any set up costs with the above deal. Sorry if this wasn’t clear as GO ON UK’s PR did a poor job of breaking the prices down.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar kds says:

    Mark I think the broadband is extra to £50

  2. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

    Added a clarification above. Suffice to say that the special offer site and press release do a poor job of explaining how the costs are broken down.

  3. Avatar Deduction says:

    Income support does not exist anymore, that has also been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance.

    I wonder how old the computers are also, wont be much good having a refurb with 10/100Mb Ethernet port for future broadband upgrades.

    The requirements of a computer Talk Talk seem to think are needed for modern internet use seem rather errrmmm hopeful…
    http://help.talktalk.co.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1408/~/what-are-the-minimum-pc-requirements-for-talktalk%3F
    800×60 display being the most ironic and funny thing in that 😀

  4. Avatar Babis says:

    I think is a good move from Talk Talk
    Now if the pc’s are old … is better than nothing for people never owned a pc before

  5. Avatar Ben says:

    I think any pc on this scheme will be perfect, I myself cant really afford a pc so this is perfect for me, so the computer may have a 10/100Mb network connection but i cant afford the fastest internet anyway hence why i needed a refurbished machine, these deals are truly only intended for people who want or need a computer but generally cant afford one, not for someone looking for a good deal.

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