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AOL Free wirless router+ Free Dell laptop £14.99

nightyard Avatar
9y, 2m agoFound 9 years, 2 months ago
AOL are Offering a Free dell Inspiron® 1520 laptop when you join their aol talk+broadband for a 24 month contract, starting from £14.99 a month and £24.99 a month for unlimited aol talk

Any ideas the exact spec of this laptop and Is it worth it?
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9y, 2m agoFound 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Been posted once or twice already.
#2
not such a great deal - it's £19.99 a month, for two years and you MUST sign up to AOL for your phone calls too (29.99 a month if you don't)
Call charges are very high (in my opinion) - evening and weekend calls 4.5p for EACH call AND 1p a minute. (meaning if you make a call that lasts 1 second you are charged 5.5p!)
I would spend more on call charges over two years than the cost of a new laptop, and the broadband is more expensive than I pay now.
The laptop is a dell Inspiron® 1520 Base, celeron processor (no mention of speed), 1gb memory, 80gb harddrive.
Full details:
http://shop.carphonewarehouse.com/aol_eligibility.php
#3
elliff
not such a great deal - it's £19.99 a month, for two years and you MUST sign up to AOL for your phone calls too (29.99 a month if you don't)


£39.99 A month if you are not in an AOL LLU area.

this deal is soooooo cold
#4
actuali that 4.5p a call is for an hours phone call, £25 a month in LLU(i am) £30 a month if not,NOT £39.99,its a new model, its a 1.8ghz celeron chip i believe,ive done a bit of research,didnt realise this already posted as i cudnt find anything about it but it is there
#5
no talk package with no LLU is £39.99 a month regardless of what you may think.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y194/shanecr/aol.jpg
#6
nightyard
actuali that 4.5p a call is for an hours phone call, £25 a month in LLU(i am) £30 a month if not,NOT £39.99,its a new model, its a 1.8ghz celeron chip i believe,ive done a bit of research,didnt realise this already posted as i cudnt find anything about it but it is there



Not according to the website - it clearly says 4.25p a call, 1p a minute thereafter - so they charge 4.25 connection charge BEFORE you start paying for the call.
They acknowledge that BT charge a flat rate of 4.5p per call for up to one hour on the website, but that is NOT what they are charging (or what you would pay) - as I say it is 4.25p connection THEN 1p a minute thereafter. Basically, an hour call with them will cost 64.25p, as opposed to 4.5p with BT.

Also, I'm only talking about this deal and for those that are in the right area. To qualify for this deal it is £19.99 a month is you sign up to phone calls through AOL, or £29.99 if you don't use AOL for your phone calls.
It will cost even more if you are outside the available area - but those prices aren't clearly listed.

Anyone thinking about this deal NEEDS to read the whole site (carphone warehouse site I mean, as it their deal and not AOL's), there are a lot of "hidden" charges.
I can see people ending up paying a lot more than they expected because they do not understand the deal - it is broadband AND phonecalls (at the rates I have quoted.). The broadband is more expensive than the AOL website (which quotes £14.99).
This may be perfect for someone but just read the T&C's and make sure you know EXACTLY what you are signing up for (and that doesn't mean speaking to a salesman!)
#7
shanecr
no talk package with no LLU is £39.99 a month regardless of what you may think.



Yep, £29.99 + £10 for living outside of the area - as stated on the website.
OP are you looking at the AOL website or the carphone warehouse one - as this is a carphone warehouse deal NOT aol.
You won't get a free laptop from the AOL site.
#8
Pay As You Go (inclusive with Wireless Plus unless you upgrade or opt out).
Prefer to hang up rather than hang on? Pay As You Go means you only pay for the calls you make. In the evening and at the weekends the rate is just 4.25p for the first hour and 1p per minute after that.
Or upgrade to the following:
Evenings & Weekends
From 6pm until 6am weekdays and all weekend (midnight Friday to midnight Sunday) you can talk for as long as you like to all UK local and national landline numbers starting 01 and 02.
Unlimited
Unlimited calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to UK local and national landline numbers starting 01 and 02.



read it before questioning
#9
actually it is on the AOL website also.
http://myaolbroadband.co.uk/broadband/broadband.adp

people really need to look around before
#10
nightyard
Pay As You Go (inclusive with Wireless Plus unless you upgrade or opt out).
Prefer to hang up rather than hang on? Pay As You Go means you only pay for the calls you make. In the evening and at the weekends the rate is just 4.25p for the first hour and 1p per minute after that.

read it before questioning


Yep, see that now. However look at the big box that compares prices and it says "4.25p a call** then 1p per minute"
Also, says in the small print a connection charge of 6p applies to ALL chargeable calls.
#11
nightyard
actually it is on the AOL website also.
http://myaolbroadband.co.uk/broadband/broadband.adp

people really need to look around before



Where???? There is no mention of it in the link! Just says one month free.
#12
elliff
Where???? There is no mention of it in the link! Just says one month free.

http://myaolbroadband.co.uk/broadband/broadband-wirelessplus.adp


but ur right it is with the carphone warehouse sadly
#13


Yeah, and when you click that takes you to the carphone warehouse site. What's your point?????
#14
ive read the terms and conditions,no hidden charges found, im seriously considering the offer. would just be £25 a month unlimited aol talk for 2 years
#15
nightyard
ive read the terms and conditions,no hidden charges found, im seriously considering the offer. would just be £25 a month unlimited aol talk for 2 years


Good luck to you, if this deal is right for you then go for it.
Still got a 6p a call connection charge for "chargeable" calls, does that apply if you pay for unlimited? It isn't clear but that condition is still there even when you select unlimited.
My point is you can get better deals on your call charges, and that is where they will make the money back on the laptop. It's £10 a month more than just the broadband, without call charges (same broadband package is available with AOL for £14.99 without a laptop) - so you are already paying £240 towards the laptop, unless you don't use the phone much then it is easy to see that the laptop is clearly not "free" and it will cost close to what you can buy one for - the difference is it is spread over two years.
I'm only saying this because I got caught out by talktalk years ago with what seemed a great deal, let them handle my calls and broadband with a promise of "free" calls and ended up costing me loads more than if I had stayed where I was. The lesson i learnt was to cost it out - 6p connection charges add up over two years (even if it doesn't apply if you are unlimited.) It would apply for 0845/0870 numbers - what are the call rates for those numbers? How about mobile numbers? In my experience, that is where they make their money - and whilst it may not appear much more it will add up over two years.
Thats what I mean by check it out, and make sure it is right for you - and those are the "hidden" charges.
Once you've costed it, then have a look at how much that "free" laptop will actually cost you - as I say I would guess over two years you would at best end up paying the true cost of the laptop, if you use the phone much (or have a missus who does, like me!) then this could cost you a LOT more than you realise.
But, it's an individual thing, it may be that case that you rarely use the phone - in which case this is a good deal.
My point is make sure the deal is right for YOU, and compare it with other companies for call charges.
#16
yes i see what your saying,well i'll call AOL tomorrow and find out about those charges
I might just pay £30 a month for aol broadband without the aol talk ,its like interest free for the laptop then lol,£15 a month for 24 months = £360 for the laptop (£15 per month for the broadband),which isnt to shoddy
#17
Surely you can use CPS override codes such as 1280 for BT and also 1899 for 1899.com, to avoid using the AOL Talk phone service. Also, with an LCR dialler such as those from http://www.orchid-electronics.com you can get it to route depending on the dial prefix automatically
#18
wow, i worked that if i didnt want the talk plan, that 'free' laptop would cost me £640 extra over my current broadband lol.
#19
shanecr
wow, i worked that if i didnt want the talk plan, that 'free' laptop would cost me £640 extra over my current broadband lol.


god how much a month is your current broadband :O
mines £15 for 2mb with unlimited downloads
#20
nightyard
god how much a month is your current broadband :O
mines £15 for 2mb with unlimited downloads


£12.99 8mb unlimited :)

never had a day without internet. been 100% completely reliable. you prob dont hear that much from an Orange customer lol
#21
*unlimited

subject to fair use policy

:)
#22
BigFish
Surely you can use CPS override codes such as 1280 for BT and also 1899 for 1899.com, to avoid using the AOL Talk phone service. Also, with an LCR dialler such as those from http://www.orchid-electronics.com you can get it to route depending on the dial prefix automatically



can u get a little box which plug into your phone line which auto dials the 1280 everytime u use it?? , then aol talk pay as you go is a possibility
#23
Yes, if you follow my link to Orchid Electronics above. There are two main versions, a simple one to override to one provider at £10.99 and another at £14.99 which lets you program a number of providers. I have one at £14.99 that I use on a BT line to call 1899, etc. You can also get a 20% discount on the dialler via a code on the MSE forums, and there is further discussion there. Support from Orchid is also good, which may be required for the £14.99 one, as its web program to configure is a bit complicted, probably because it is aimed at system integrators.
#24
BigFish
Yes, if you follow my link to Orchid Electronics above. There are two main versions, a simple one to override to one provider at £10.99 and another at £14.99 which lets you program a number of providers. I have one at £14.99 that I use on a BT line to call 1899, etc. You can also get a 20% discount on the dialler via a code on the MSE forums, and there is further discussion there. Support from Orchid is also good, which may be required for the £14.99 one, as its web program to configure is a bit complicted, probably because it is aimed at system integrators.



thanks,read the aol talk terms and conditions and you don't have to make any chargable phone calls each month, so £19.99 for it and then get a a LCR dailler range to dirvert calls to BT so £19.99 a month for 8mb broadband+ free laptop,24 month contract
#25
hey night yard. how does this LCR dialler work and wat is this 1280 dialler. Im really new to this and I have actually ordered the Broadband without knowing all of this! :( But i can always cancel it.

If what your saying is possible. That means I will get a bill from BT everymonth? and I dont have to use the AOL TALK plan?
#26
nightyard
ive read the terms and conditions,no hidden charges found, im seriously considering the offer. would just be £25 a month unlimited aol talk for 2 years


i think this is an ok deal.Free laptop ok for surfing etc,wireless router,free calls,8 meg download speed,40 gig limit for £25 per month
What is aol broadband like tho.......is it reliable?
#27
How many people who have ordered a reasonable amount of time before have received their laptops?

From a few reports on other websites, it appears that AOl are messing up the dispatch of laptops.

Also, even AOL CS are not sure, when the offer actually ends OR will everyone who orders through the CPW website will receive their laptops or not.:?

Does anyone know when the offer actually ends?

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