FlashNet Gets In Free PC Business
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National Internet provider FlashNet aims to remove the biggest obstacle to the spread of Internet access by giving consumers who sign up for its service a free personal computer.
"We've built our company on the premise that the Internet should be accessible to everyone," said FlashNet Founder and Chairman Lee Thurburn.
"We wanted to provide an offer that will make it easy for those without computers to get online - and you can't make it any easier than giving away a free PC," he said.
Unlike other free PC offers that require customers to divulge private information and view sponsors advertisements, FlashNet will give new subscribers a Pentium PC when they sign a two or three-year contract.
The computers come equipped with a Pentium processor, 64 megabytes of memory, 56K modem, 14-inch monitor, two e-mail accounts, software and 24-hour technical support.
FlashNet maintains more than 650 points of presence in the continental U.S., serving approximately 200,000 subscribers nationwide.