Redten Internet have announced a new deal primarily aimed at people without a PC who want to get into broadband. For £20 per month, they’ll get a LG Pentium 4 3GHz PC and 19 inch LCD monitor and an ‘up to 8Mbps’ broadband service.
You become tied in to the service for a three year contract, after which you either cancel – in which case the PC is taken away – or you continue in which case Redten say they’ll upgrade the PC.
The spec of the PC isn’t bad, though it’s a Pentium 4 PC deal that you become stuck with for 3 years at a time when a lot of the PC world is going dual core (maybe this is old stock, he says cynically).
As with all packages like this, you may not get the full 8Mbps, but that’s mainly down to BT and the quality of your cabling, distance from the exchange, and so on. Redten say they’ll upgrade customers to a 24Mbps service when the technology allows it – again that’s likely down to BT to sort out.
There’s also ongoing customer support thrown in, and a free upgrade to Vista when it comes out.
Is it a good deal? Well, you could probably get a higher specification PC for less money, but you’ll have to pay for it up front. You can also get cheaper broadband deals. There is also £49.99 initial charge for installation.
Being tied in to a plan for three years also feels a bit risky, but then they have to recoup some cash from you. And you never own the PC, it’s effectively rented to you.
What do you think?