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Sign up today for AOL Broadband and free DELL laptop from The Carphone Warehouse

The Carphone Warehouse, is offering a high-spec free laptop with broadband with Parental Controls. You can Pre-register now with The Carphone Warehouse for AOL Broadband - and they say theyll give you a DELL laptop valued for over £500 for free.

Available from September, those who pre-register will get priority to receive a wireless-enabled DELL laptop from Dells Inspiron product line with the latest generation of Intel mobile technology.
To pre-register visit http://www.carphonewarehouse.com

* Laptop
§ DELL Laptop (latest Inspiron range) § Microsoft Vista Home Basic Edition § 1 GB RAM § 80 GB Hard Drive § Intel Celeron 540 Processor § Wi-Fi Wireless Ready § DVD RW 8x Optical Drive § 15.4 inch wide screen

* AOL Broadband

§ Up to 8 Mbps download speed § 40 GB Monthly Usage Allowance § Netgear Wireless Router Included § No connection charge § AOL Wireless Security and Parental Controls

· Includes great value voice packages
Monthly charge - £19.99 with Pay As You Go AOL Talk
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#1
24 month contract applies
1 Like #2
Still looks better than the Orange deal. Lets see who else comes out of the woodwork :p

Edit: I wonder what the deal actually is here regarding AOL. Does seem a bit odd as CPW own Onetel(Talk Talk). Whats the connection between AOL/CPW. Anybody?
banned#3
Doesnt say whether you can cancel after 24 months and keep the laptop.
1 Like #4
Shengis
Still looks better than the Orange deal. Lets see who else comes out of the woodwork :p

Edit: I wonder what the deal actually is here regarding AOL. Does seem a bit odd as CPW own Onetel(Talk Talk). Whats the connection between AOL/CPW. Anybody?


CPW owns AOL now. Sadly! I used to have AOL Silver, had nothing but trouble with it, also please be aware that Aols price scheme is based on you living in a AOL/CPW LLU area, otherwise I think its now £29.99 per month. AOL is now also not unlimited use, its capped (like many other isps).
#5
24 month contract applies


After 24 months I'll be surprised if they will want it back a celeron in over 2 years will be seriously outdated especially along with general wear and tear ... I would be very surprised if you don't get to keep it! ;-)

Intel Celeron 540 Processor


Did a quick bit of research and it turns out this is one of the new santa rosa chips and was released a few weeks ago! The chip is 1.86ghz and is the least powerful intel santa rosa chip but will still be fine for basic use, internet word processing etc. :thumbsup:

With the 1gb ram it definently looks a better deal then the Orange one with an unspecified processor ... they could chuck an ancient celeron in there at least with this one you know you are getting new tech!

AOL is now also not unlimited use, its capped (like many other isps).


40GB is loads for the average user ... not many people going to have a problem with that cap. :)

Be warned the laptop costs an extra 15 quid for delivery! ;-)
#6
Btw I found a similar laptop on dells website, did have 40gb more HD but only a 1.6 Celeron M 520 for 400 quid so by september I doubt this laptop with be worth anything around 500 quid ...
#7
Random_ginger


40GB is loads for the average user ... not many people going to have a problem with that cap. :)


I agree, Im just letting people know it isnt 'unlimited'. :thumbsup:
#8
quite a good advertising gimmick though....
#9
I'm sure that loads of ISP's will jump on these deals and offer free laptops or similar.

Vista Basic edition is more of a step down from XP, and the laptop is not the best spec at all to be honest.

I'd value the laptop £349 - £399

Better to buy a decent laptop at a good price and then just hunt for a seperate broadband deal with no huge long contract agreement.

Steve
#10
Could anybody tell me what the Orange deal was ??? I must have missed it..Thanks
#11
Bryan839
CPW owns AOL now. Sadly! I used to have AOL Silver, had nothing but trouble with it, also please be aware that Aols price scheme is based on you living in a AOL/CPW LLU area, otherwise I think its now £29.99 per month. AOL is now also not unlimited use, its capped (like many other isps).

Cheers for that answer, my Onetel BB is playing up a bit due to 24/7 downloading so its taking ages for normal pages to load:whistling: Makes sense now. Still better than the PCW/Orange deal for light users, no use whatsoever to pigs like me with their snout firmly glued to the trough though:giggle:
#12
easy tiger
Could anybody tell me what the Orange deal was ??? I must have missed it..Thanks


Even worse :-D

Steve
#13
freebiehunter
I'm sure that loads of ISP's will jump on these deals and offer free laptops or similar.

Vista Basic edition is more of a step down from XP, and the laptop is not the best spec at all to be honest.

I'd value the laptop £349 - £399

Better to buy a decent laptop at a good price and then just hunt for a seperate broadband deal with no huge long contract agreement.

Steve


As much as I despise AOL I've got to disagree with you there. Once again, with PCs/aptops it all comes down to the individual's PC requirements.

Your valuation of the laptop is pretty much spot on, but it's not a duff laptop. Sure it's not a powerhouse but will suit anyone who's not going to be gaming or doing anything else particularly demanding. It will do all of the other daily tasks you'd expect of a family PC, which is probably what AOL envisage this being. Also, most people will pay £20+ for the next few years for their ISP anyway, why not get this package which includes a free laptop (apart from the fact AOL is awful)?

The only people this deal shouldn't appeal to is those with a cable/Sky package with phone/internet connection included in the bundle.

This is a perfect deal for anyone who doesn't yet have a PC (or has a very old one and needs to upgrade) and boradband in their house. Their requirements from a PC aren't going to be that demanding.
#14
I think there are better deals out there, I've got free broadband from TalkTalk which I've had no problems with at all!

In comparison with this deal they offer exactly the same broadband (up to 8mb, 40GB cap) but you are locked in for less time 18 months compared to 24.

Over the 18 months the call plan (required for free broadband) works out at around 80 quid but you do get free weekend and evening calls along with anytime international calls to 30 something countries.

The AOL here costs 480 quid over the 24 months! You could just use the 400 saved to buy a better laptop ...

EDIT: Currently you get an extra 10 credit for joining online :)
#15
Surely the price stated should be £479.76 as this is the actual cost.
#16
easy tiger
Could anybody tell me what the Orange deal was ??? I must have missed it..Thanks



Goto PCworlds website .......
#17
Also, most people will pay £20+ for the next few years for their ISP anyway


I think if people are just finishing contracts with their ISP then looking around will mean they don't pay £20+ a month, signing up for a new £20+ a month contract seems a joke with the offers avaliable currently...
#18
PoisonJam
As much as I despise AOL I've got to disagree with you there. Once again, with PCs/aptops it all comes down to the individual's PC requirements.

Your valuation of the laptop is pretty much spot on, but it's not a duff laptop. Sure it's not a powerhouse but will suit anyone who's not going to be gaming or doing anything else particularly demanding. It will do all of the other daily tasks you'd expect of a family PC, which is probably what AOL envisage this being. Also, most people will pay £20+ for the next few years for their ISP anyway, why not get this package which includes a free laptop (apart from the fact AOL is awful)?

The only people this deal shouldn't appeal to is those with a cable/Sky package with phone/internet connection included in the bundle.

This is a perfect deal for anyone who doesn't yet have a PC (or has a very old one and needs to upgrade) and boradband in their house. Their requirements from a PC aren't going to be that demanding.


Yes, I understand how you mean, but in my opinion a 24 month ISP contract, with a cap, and a 'free' basic laptop should still only be considered with a lot of caution ;-)

Steve
#19
Its AOL. I tried to get my mates off of AOL Broadband by paying off their remaining contract with my debit card so they could move (after they tried to cancel the contact themselves no less than 7 times).

They got their MAC code, and I got charged monthly for a 'new' contract that by submitting my debit card details to them, I apparently signed up for - I didn't have a house at the time, let alone an AOL connection as I was staying with friends elsewhere and AOL didn't have an address nor supply a service. Eventually my bank had to sort it out, and the official regulators told me that they had 'plenty' of complaints.

It could be a £2500 laptop they were offering, it still would not make me sign on the dotted line if its in anyway linked with AOL.
#20
freebiehunter
Yes, I understand how you mean, but in my opinion a 24 month ISP contract, with a cap, and a 'free' basic laptop should still only be considered with a lot of caution ;-)

Steve


Oh definitely. It will only be suitable for certain people. Definitely wouldn't get it myself, I have an unlimited broadband supplier (Demon), a powerful PC and an old IBM ultraportable laptop (P3 700MHz, 384MB RAM, 1.5KG) so it doesn't applea to me in the slightest.

That and I hate AOL.
#21
Have just got this from the thisismoney.co.uk:

"Retailers vying to sell broadband deals are offering laptops to new customers. PC World was first to offer the computers to people signing two year contracts with Orange broadband at its stores.

The Carphone Warehouse followed suit today by announcing it would give one Dell laptop to each customer who signs up for AOL Broadband. Its deal also requires people to subscribe for 24 months.

PC World has 'tens of thousands' of laptops ready to distribute, while a Carphone Warehouse spokesman said the chain had around 100,000 available. Niall O'Keeffe, marketing director at PC World, said: 'The chance to have a free laptop is an amazing offer that is sure to tempt thousands of customers to sign up to Orange broadband through our stores.'

Commenting on the Carphone Warehouse offer, Dell spokesman Ron Garriques said: 'This is part of our commitment to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of a wireless digital home.'

The PC World deal costs £14.99 per month for Orange broadband with bandwidth speeds of up to 2Mb. The Carphone Warehouse deal with AOL Broadband charges a £19.99 monthly subscription.

The laptops are available from September but customers can sign up for broadband from today."

So it seems you wont get your new laptops until september but get your broadband straight away - seems a little silly to give you broadband before the laptop! How would you use the broadband service until it arrives?
#22
WOW. Some choice LOL
AOL and Orange. Doesn't look like i'll be getting a free laptop as I wouldn't touch AOL with a 10ft barge pole. Orange can suck my jock too.
Any ISP worth tuppence wouldn't have to do this to get subscribers.
#23
Scribbles
WOW. Some choice LOL
AOL and Orange. Doesn't look like i'll be getting a free laptop as I wouldn't touch AOL with a 10ft barge pole. Orange can suck my jock too.
Any ISP worth tuppence wouldn't have to do this to get subscribers.

PMSL. I dare say you think like me then, would rather have a REAL unmetered fast service without the hassle for the same price over some promo scam with dodgy t&c's:thumbsup:
#24
My 2mb is an unmetered wi-fi connection, but soon i'll be able to connect to a 24mb mesh network once my ISP upgrades over the next month or two. Oooh yeah! :thumbsup:
#25
Does anyone have a link to the Dell website that details this laptop?
#26
consider these deals free broadband, the subscription pays for the laptop.


Simple as that really


Cant fault it


Just wish I knew the specs of the “free” laptops.
#27
dell one i believe is vista, 1GB ram, wireless built in, 15.4" screen, dvd-rw, celeron 540 cpu, 80GB hdd
#28
cells
consider these deals free broadband, the subscription pays for the laptop.


Simple as that really


Cant fault it


Just wish I knew the specs of the “free” laptops.


It's free if you can cancel the subscription after 24 months. With AOhelL, that isn't as straight-forward as it sounds. You can cancel but it means nothing if they ignore your request.
#29
cells
consider these deals free broadband, the subscription pays for the laptop.


Simple as that really


Cant fault it


Just wish I knew the specs of the “free” laptops.


The laptop is worth less than the 24 months AOL subscription. They say worth over £500 but realistically £349 ish.

The AOL contract will cost £479.76

And I believe that you have to pay delivery on the laptop too.

Steve
#30
Anyone would be well advised to steer clear of AOL. Anyone who admits to using AOL on the net will get laughed at :-D
#31
Im with AOL had it a year and paying £9.99 for 2mb "unlimited" , tho i think if you hit 60gb a month they restrict your speed, i always receive full speed with no problems at all.

I think thats a dam fine price as there is no LLU in my exchange.

People who mock AOL often havent been customers or used to use there aweful software, you dont need to install it BTW if you dont want to
#32
Look at the difference in broadband deals now compared to 24 months ago! I personally wouldn't want to tie myself into a contract like that
#33
My Sky Broadband contract finishes at November so I may consider switching. But 24 Months that is a long way to go...
#34
storrie
Look at the difference in broadband deals now compared to 24 months ago! I personally wouldn't want to tie myself into a contract like that


Very valid point, I was thinking along the same lines. On mobile renewal I refuse to sign up to anything more than a 12 month contract, and I don't see why we should start getting tied into ANY type of contract for 2 years! (unless it's a contract that YOU'RE being paid for!) There's too much fluidity in the market. Think 2nd generation ADSL etc etc....
#35
Is the £16.50 deal of free call package, broadband and line rental a better offer? I can't work it out which to go for...
1 Like #36
Going_Digital
Anyone would be well advised to steer clear of AOL. Anyone who admits to using AOL on the net will get laughed at :-D


Try not to worry what others think so much my friend. Be free thinking and don't be a follower or let other's opinions sway you just because you think that is the mainstream of opinion. I have used AOL for years and had no problems at all. Costs me £9.99 a month. Hilarious.
#37
Robbo11
Try not to worry what others think so much my friend. Be free thinking and don't be a follower or let other's opinions sway you just because you think that is the mainstream of opinion. I have used AOL for years and had no problems at all. Costs me £9.99 a month. Hilarious.

Just in case you didn't get that I ran it through a translator :

"Baahhh bah baaaah baaah baaah, bah."

I wish english was as short and sweet;-)
#38
Has anyone mentioned that Orange is doing a deal something like this with a free Laptop but £14.99 a month and for 24 Months?

I got the info from here:
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/editorial/freelaptop/?int=home_nav
#39
Following on from the post mentioning what the broadband market was like 2 years ago.....I also recommend NOT going with either of these broadband deals just to get a "free" laptop!! If you really want a basic laptop cos you don't have one, then fine but my advice would be to buy the laptop you want separately - one YOU can configure and choose the spec for.

All sorts of companies will jump on the broadband wagon with some kind of "free" extra thrown in e.g. Sky giving away free broadband (they get their money via your TV subscription). I don't understand how VirginMedia (previously NTL) can charge so much for their broadband (for people who get 1 or 2 other services from them e.g. phone and/or TV) though especially as the hardware (i.e. the cable) carries signal for all three - there's not much extra cost to them to give a 2nd or 3rd service to those who add an extra service. Anyway, I digress.....my point is there will be plenty more enticing broadband offers coming up shortly from companies who have nothing to do with broadband in order to sell their own products. Computer manufacturers are already providing free internet connections when purchasing a computer from them - all preloaded.

Yes, there are "horror" stories about most broadband suppliers - it's all personal opinion and personal experience e.g. some will stick up for AOL, other's wont.....My advice is, choose your broadband supplier independently and if there are "free gifts" attached, evaluate them independently also.

On a personal note, in case anyone is wondering, I just signed up for Sky Broadband base for £0 (£40 for connection i.e. for the router!). I only need that for browsing and email not forf downloading or anything so that suits me fine. Each to their own.....
#40
Scribbles
WOW. Some choice LOL
AOL and Orange. Doesn't look like i'll be getting a free laptop as I wouldn't touch AOL with a 10ft barge pole. Orange can suck my jock too.
Any ISP worth tuppence wouldn't have to do this to get subscribers.



these are the truest words spoken yet in this thread, 100% agree

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