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Argos and TalkTalk Gift Free Broadband and Tablets to Get People Online

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 (2:24 pm) - Score 1,713

High street retail giant Argos has joined forces with Go ON UK and ISP TalkTalk in order to make 10,000 free tablet computers and one year’s worth of free broadband connectivity available to those who take part in a workshop at one of over 120 participating stores, costing £20 per person (ah.. so it’s not completely free then).

According to Argos, almost one in five people in the United Kingdom currently lack digital skills and 52% of those are over the age of 65. The retailer wants to help tackle this and TalkTalk, with its natural focus on the budget end of the market, were no doubt only too keen to help push more customers on to their broadband service.

As a result the Internet Workshops, which are to be setup from the end of October in 120 stores across the country, will see up to 10,000 people being given training on how to use their new tablet computer and surf the Internet. Plus once they get home they’ll have a voucher that can be redeemed with TalkTalk for 12 months of free SimplyBroadband access, although this won’t cover the cost of line rental.

John Walden, CEO of Home Retail Group (Argos), said:

The digital revolution continues apace, however, millions remain on the side-lines. Argos Internet Workshops have been developed to help people overcome the barriers of access and affordability and improve their knowledge, understanding and confidence in digital technology.

The internet is becoming increasingly essential in day-to-day life, and offers a world of new possibilities that we believe everyone should be able to access.”

Workshop participants will learn the basics to help them: Get online and access at least one website, create an e-mail account, understand how to use apps, know how to stay safe online and know where to go for further support.

It’s also worth pointing out that the free tablet is a Proscan 7″ dual core Internet device with 8GB of on-board memory, which on eBay tends to go for around £50 to £60.

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  1. Avatar Chris says:

    Attended a session at my local store this week and was very disappointed; the so-called trainers were just Argos counter staff with no experience of teaching and limited knowledge of the product beyond what they had been told to ‘plug’ and made little effort to find out what our real needs were or our understanding of what tablets do, and more importantly don’t do. Just as an example, we were shown where the ‘Apps Store’ is, but given no information about how to find what apps are available from the millions on offer. To me, the local bus timetable would be a lot more relevant than Kandy Krush, but I wouldn’t have a clue how to find it.

    I for one had no understanding of the fact that they can only be used in wi-fi enabled areas and you can’t connect them to a dongle, making them all but useless to me. Being told that most coffee shops and department stores have free wi-fi is ridiculous; does anyone really think that I am going to sit in Debenham’s for a couple of hours to access my e-mails? As soon as it became clear that this wasn’t the ;right tool for the job’ we should have been offered a refund if we returned the tablet and allowed to leave. Instead, I have spent 20 pounds on something I don’t want and can’t use unless I pay to have an Internet connection to my home, where I already have wireless broadband and a laptop. The staff claimed that if I connect my dongle to the computer I should be able to get access on my tablet, which is utterly wrong but begs the question, if I can already use the laptop, why would I need the tablet?

    I don’t doubt that some people like tablets, but they really aren’t for older people who may find the screen too small to read easily without continually zooming and shrinking, the swipe technology confusing and the lack of access outside town centres means they are still left without access to the Internet unless they invest heavily in home broadband. None of this seemed to be spotted by the Argos team, and I feel that older trainers would have managed the session very differently.

    Disappointed.

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