Government-backed Plans For £98 PC? Is This Good For PC Sales?

By SpiderGroup

19 Jan 2011

Fancy a refurbished pc for £98?

Martha Lane Fox has told us that the government is to back sales of PC’s for £98 which includes subsidized wireless connectivity through 3 (Three Mobile) to the households of adults who have never used the internet and been able to get online.""

Good for less technical users but bad news for retailers

Retail giant DSGi feel that it would be a threat to their computer retail market share by ‘distorting’ the market with refurbished, ‘lower than average selling priced’ computers that would roughly offer the same to an entry level PC through themselves.

Remploy, the company distributing these refurbished computers may have chewed off more than they bargained for by offering all customers a flat-screen monitor, keyboard and mouse, warranty, delivery and dedicated telephone helpline.

Remploy have even announced that they will have 60 centers across the UK distributing these refurbished computers. The company expects to sell and dispatch around 700 PC’s a month.

What to expect?

For £98 – not an awful lot in terms of software, it’s all likely to be open source and run on a LINUX favorite, Ubuntu.

As well as the computer and all the peripherals, Remploy have also decided to team up with 3 (Three Mobile) to offer web access from £6 per month (this is only available through Remploy).

-Via IT Portal

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