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Subsidised PC scheme extends to Internet connections

With the myriad of savings possible by being online, those people who cannot afford a cheap computer, or the setup costs of getting a broadband connection for the first time are at a distinct disadvantage.

One of the jobs for Martha Lane Fox as a digital evangelist for the UK is to promote digital inclusion, and as part of that subsidised Windows PCs are available that start at £99 for those on benefits, or £149 to anyone. The Online @ Home scheme is backed by Microsoft, and also now offers discounts on a TalkTalk broadband connection (£5/month for 12 months, £50 off price of the PC and a £50 credit on the TalkTalk account to offset any activation costs).

TalkTalk is well known for almost always having one or more promotions running at a time, and people looking for the cheapest broadband would do well to ensure they shop around, e.g. you can get TalkTalk Essentials for £3.25 a month for 12 months, and a £25 Tesco voucher currently.


Typo in your headline me thinks - "Intenret" (either that or some new technology is around)

  • farrina
  • over 8 years ago

Now that is an embarassing one, must increase my font size :-)

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

I'm still waiting for the free 'computer in every home' as promised by a certain Mr Blair a few years ago.

  • normcall
  • over 8 years ago

@normcall you'll have a long wait then,lol the press got it right when they modded his surname B-liar because he was/is as are most of the politicians ,not for the good of the people or the country, but for themselves , and they claim to work for us, really? Do they seriously think we all came down in the last shower?

  • tommy45
  • over 8 years ago

@tommy45:Sadly they might be right. Considering how much we let them get away with. We get the politicians we deserve I expect :-/

  • AndrueC
  • over 8 years ago

I've seen the spec of the desktop PC. MS Office starter, with reduced Word & Excel functionality and with advertising.

What's the point of advertising if someone can't afford (or is tight enough not to want) better than such a PC?

  • camieabz
  • over 8 years ago

I think the article should make it clear that these are low spec second hand refurbished PCs. They have a 30 day warranty.

Suspect you could do much better just buying secondhand, they really don't look like good value. Seems like a headline grabbing nonsense scheme to me.

  • RoosterUK
  • over 8 years ago


We are the ones to blame though, we put them in power and we don't hold them accountable.

  • otester
  • over 8 years ago

As usual, the something for (next to) nothing dole scroungers do best.

  • chrimbow
  • over 8 years ago

No truer word(s) written on this forum that somes up the UKs problems more accurately. Either deliberately or by chance but we have learned hate and apathy over action and change. We need to stop believing the tabloids that immigration and benefits cheats are the cause (use yr internet connection to read the governments own statistis), and realise its letting politicians ans experts remain in power when they are not fit for office

  • mcompton69
  • over 8 years ago

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