Free Broadband was Big News in 2006, This Year it is All About Free Computers

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It's fair to say that Redten have taken freebies to new level. Last year saw Talk Talk offer free broadband with their home phone service. Sky and Orange followed suite offering free broadband with their TV and mobile services respectively.

It's fair to say that Redten have taken freebies to new level. Last year saw Talk Talk offer free broadband with their home phone service. Sky and Orange followed suite offering free broadband with their TV and mobile services respectively.

Redten maybe a new name but they are Part of Watford Electronics an established family run business that has been supplying and designing electronics for over 25 years.

This is not the first time a company has given away PC's. The US based company Free-PC offered PC's in the hope that the advertising they ran on the machines would generate sufficient revenue. It was a flawed model with consumers selling the PC or not clicking through on the adverts.

Redten is offering three home Internet packages and one business package from £19.99 a month through to £24.99 a month. Redten have partnered with BT to provide internet, probably a sensible choice given the nations biggest broadband provider covers 99.5% of the UK population.

Like BT's current offerings Redten's broadband connection will run at speeds of up to 8Mb with a free upgrade to 24 Mb when it becomes available. Redten is offering unlimited downloads, something only available with BT's premium Option 3 package. This means there is no need to stop using the broadband half way through the month if the download limit is reached. This is good news for heavy downloader's of music, video or games.

Redten provide antivirus and antispam software to keep you and your pc safe. There is also 365 day online and phone support plus a three year hardware guarantee for the PC.

So what is the PC like? Surprisingly good, in short. It might not win the hearts of the hard core PC fanatic but for most of the rest of us it should perform more than adequately.

Redten provide the LG RedTen PC with all broadband packages, a machine usually costing around £500. With a 19" LG monitor, Intel Pentium 4 processor 160GB of memory, and 512MB RAM it's not a bad piece of kit. With a DVD writer, graphics card and stereo speakers it will handle the latest games and software titles and is well suited to playing and sharing photo's or video clips. The more expensive Redten broadband packages offer colour printers, scanners and wireless internet.

What's more whilst all packages come with Windows XP there is a free upgrade offered to the new Windows Vista.

The catch, if there is one, is that customers are locked into a 3 year contract. If you move house in that period there is a £49.99 reconnection fee.

Is this the best thing since sliced bread? Probably not but it is fair to say that Redten have put together an attractive package that at the very least will have their competitors keeping a close watch. It is certainly a competitive offer though may be less so in 3 years if the current trend of falling broadband prices continues.

For anyone looking for a new PC and wanting broadband or wish to switch broadband provider it is certainly worth considering, at least until broadband and PC's come free with tokens from your breakfast cereal.

About the Author: Yvan Bamping is a resident expert at http://www.Broadband-Expert.co.uk, an independent resource allowing consumers to compare broadband packages, read product reviews and stay abreast of the latest industry news.

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