Friday, July 20th 2007

Dell Offers Free Laptops With Broadband Connections

A few days ago we saw Orange strike a deal in which they offered free laptops with their contracts. Now Dell has signed a deal with a U.K. mobile phone retailer to distribute free laptops with the purchase of a broadband Internet access subscription. Starting in September consumers who buy a two-year contract for America Online's broadband service through the Carphone Warehouse Group will get a coupon for a free base-model Inspiron notebook from Dell. AOL broadband costs £19.99 ($41) per month. This free laptop which is by far better than the one Orange is giving away for free uses Microsoft's Vista Home Basic OS and has 1 GB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, an Intel Celeron processor and Wi-Fi. The laptop can be upgraded for a fee. Customers also get a wireless router but have to pay a £14.99 laptop delivery fee. Jonathan Coham, an analyst at Ovum had the following to say.

"These are very low-margin customers for the time being both Orange and Carphone Warehouse are going to make a slim amount of money on top of what they are getting from the broadband subscriber. I think if Dell is smart they will see this as an opportunity to upsell these basic PC customers with additional accessories, software and support
A Dell spokeswoman said the deal with Carphone Warehouse is an extension of the company's retail strategy, and there will be more retail deals around the world coming soon.Source: InfoWorld
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13 Comments on Dell Offers Free Laptops With Broadband Connections

#1
crow1001
Mmmmmmmmm, decisions, AOL broadband and a not so crappy laptop by DELL or orange broadband and a crappy laptop, for me its orange all the way, i wouldn't go with AOL even if they bundled in jessica alba for twelve months with full access..:eek:
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jocksteeluk
give it a little time and i expect both deals to feature on the bbc consumer watchdog programme.
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#3
Ben Clarke
Bummer, my bro signed up day before this offer started.
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#4
jocksteeluk
by: Ben Clarke
Bummer, my bro signed up day before this offer started.
he should contact the customer services and threaten to leave if they dont give him the deal, you do get 10 days before before the activation.
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#5
Ben Clarke
Sorry, I mean he was activated the day before the deal. I always get confused...
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#6
jocksteeluk
still worth calling customer services, no doubt AOL will get their money regardless but they may have to make your brothers contract a 24months one.
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#7
quickie
but its AOL :ohwell: ...there's always a catch. and don't forget those recent AOL horror stories on the news
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#8
GLD
AOL in the UK? What does it stand for there? Aristocrats On Line.
I would not even take AOL if they paid me. They will fook you one way or another. :shadedshu
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#9
DRDNA
AOL sucks AZZ and so does Dell:p:mad::banghead:Couldnt pay to use either!
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#10
TUngsten
by: crow1001
i wouldn't go with AOL even if they bundled in jessica alba for twelve months with full access..:eek:
I would!
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#11
TheCrow
by: TUngsten
I would!
Was just thinking the same myself!

Full access!!
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I sure as hell would!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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