Will the £159 broadband computer bundle get everyone online?
Unbelievably, there are still people in the UK who aren't online. Bloody troglodytes. Maybe they think this whole internet business is just too expensive to get into?
Well, that notion could be kicked square in the arse as a cross-sector partnership aims to bring the internet to "every individual and every organisation in every community across the UK."
The scheme is called Get Online @ Home and is backed by Microsoft and TalkTalk. Consumers will be able to grab a "no nonsense" Windows 7 computer complete with TalkTalk broadband for as little as £159. If you're on benefits, it'll be even cheaper.
See the offers and deals at getonlineathome.org
The Get Online @ Home scheme has been offering cheap computers for a while now, but this is the first time they've coupled it with an affordable broadband package, which could certainly sweeten the deal for those wanting to make their first foray online (where they'll probably type in CAPS for 3 months, get bullied and set up twitter accounts with only one tweet, saying 'I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do now').
For your £159, you can get a refurbed Windows 7 desktop PC with a 15in monitor and keyboard and mouse, as well as a 12-month TalkTalk broadband package with a monthly usage allowance of 40GB and a phone line with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines.