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I honestly can't believe they're bundling free laptops with broadband but here it is.

Yeah yeah, I know it's just AOL... but this would be ideal for a family setup rather than for hardcore users!

Laptop details:
- Wireless-ready straight out of the box
- Windows Vista Home Basic
- 1GB Memory
- Large 80GB hard drive and DVD writer
- Intel© Celeron© processor
- One year warranty
- Insurance available from £8.99 a month
- £14.99 delivery

...Not the greatest specs, but remember... this is aimed @ the family user

Broadband details:
- £9.99 a month for 3 months, £19.99 a month thereafter
- Up to 8Mbps download speed
- 40Gb monthly download allowance (plenty for "medium" use)
- Free £50 Netgear wireless router
- 24month contract

*Note: this price is for Broadband AND AOL/Carphonewarehouse telephone talk packages...
- £19.99: Broadband + Free Weekend Calls
- £22.49: Broadband + Free Evening & Weekend Calls
- £24.99: Broadband + Free Unlimited Calling
- £29.99: Broadband + No change in talk packages
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#1
Simple maths - You can get similar spec broadband for less than £10 (with Orange contract, or Sky etc it is only £5 per month or even free). For 24 months, this works out to at least £240, which is almost what the laptop is worth.- retail. Also, consider that for 24 months, you will be tied in to the same speed and price, the market price for Broadband would have dropped considerably by then, yet you would be paying £20! There's no such thing as a free lunch, let alone a free laptop!
#2
Great, a 24 month contract and expensive broadband.
Oh, stone cold.

Hmm, why does the description say "Large 80GB hard drive", is it possible to have a "Small 80GB hard drive" & "Medium 80GB hard drive"?
#3
poor deal sorry 24 month tie in and paying 10-15 over the odds for a cheap laptop
#4
Not every one can afford to go out and buy a £300 laptop, sorry but i think this ain't a bad deal and the objections raised are based on theory not fact guys, sky is very limited at the £5.00pm and you need to have sky in as well,
also i doubt very much if broadband will drop that much in price in the next year or so and don't think we have seen any reason to think it will, prices have remained static for about 12mths now
It got a hot vote from me,
#5
haha aol is desperate with the unrealiable boardband speed and caps
#6
maddogb
Not every one can afford to go out and buy a £300 laptop, sorry but i think this ain't a bad deal and the objections raised are based on theory not fact guys, sky is very limited at the £5.00pm and you need to have sky in as well,
also i doubt very much if broadband will drop that much in price in the next year or so and don't think we have seen any reason to think it will, prices have remained static for about 12mths now
It got a hot vote from me,


I agree. Its not the deal for me but it IS better than paying the same kind of money for broadband without a free laptop, which many people currently do and will continue to do tor the next 2 years:thinking: Not to mention people who are paying a ridiculous apr on credit cards etc for a laptop.
#7
maddogb
Not every one can afford to go out and buy a £300 laptop, sorry but i think this ain't a bad deal and the objections raised are based on theory not fact guys, sky is very limited at the £5.00pm and you need to have sky in as well,
also i doubt very much if broadband will drop that much in price in the next year or so and don't think we have seen any reason to think it will, prices have remained static for about 12mths now
It got a hot vote from me,


In the last 12 months, prices may have remained the same but speeds have gone up (for the same price). And Sky gives 8mbps for £5 which is pretty decent. True you've to stay with sky, but only for 12 months (not 24). On the other hand, to get this deal, you've to stay with CPW/AOL for telephone line. And I've heard their charges on 08XX numbers as well as minimum charges are higher, so you can't escape those. When they first launched this deal (about 2 years ago), customers had to wait upto 6 months to receive the laptop as well as the connection (they receive more orders than they could handle). Sorry, but it has to be cold overall, don't want people signing up and then waiting ages, just so they can get a cheap laptop to play with.
#8
caalm
........I've heard their charges on 08XX numbers as well as minimum charges are higher, so you can't escape those......


Dial 1280 before the number you require and this will override AOL and your charge will come from BT call rates.
This applies to all others like, sky, etc as long as you still have BT line rental :thumbsup:
#9
I get 8 meg @ £9.99 no contract from AOL, If you are out of contract just tell them to close your account and they do all sorts to keep you, remind them you dont want a new contract tho,
#10
caalm
Simple maths - You can get similar spec broadband for less than £10 (with Orange contract, or Sky etc it is only £5 per month or even free). For 24 months, this works out to at least £240, which is almost what the laptop is worth.- retail. Also, consider that for 24 months, you will be tied in to the same speed and price, the market price for Broadband would have dropped considerably by then, yet you would be paying £20! There's no such thing as a free lunch, let alone a free laptop!


Alot of people (like me) dont have LLU enabled exchanges so these cheap deals dont apply to them
#11
have you gotta be a new customer to get this offer:oops:
banned#12
I dont like the idea of a 24 month contract, but if your going to get broadband & not bothered about the 2 year contract, and if its adequate speed for you then this is a brilliant deal - as if you were going to get it anyway at least tis way you get something for it.

I wouldnt install the AOL software though, just configure your router but dont use the software as its slow & rubbish! wouldnt go back to AOL I was with them afew years ago, and they tried to scam me out of a full annual payment - rip off merchants!

I got it back in the end like they offered 6 months FREE, so i took that and then moved on to NTL at the time, and it was FAB!

Dont use anything other than fibre optic lines you cannot beat the speed & quality. I never have any downtime - not so far in 9 months of my new contract.

All speeds will go up in due course & so will the prices!!
#13
One of the biggest cons I've seen, now that I've went into greater depth on this 'bargain' offer !

Already a white elephant for those who live in a favourable unbundled area, with a 24 month contract tie-in, those of us not so fortunate have to fork out an extra £10/Mnth for the service.

So a £24.99: Broadband + Free Unlimited Calling Plan then becomes a £34.99 Calling Plan.
Add to that the cost of BT Line Rental & your paying almost twice what you thought to obtain a fairly primitive Laptop (free?)

Think it better to stick with my Virgin Media (non-cable) @ £10/mnth for up to 8meg + £10.50 line rental. If I add circa £5/mnth on for calls I'd still be able to afford to buy a £500 Laptop with my savings.

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