Australian Internet service provider EISA has capitalised on the growing demand for Internet services and cheap PCs by bundling the two together as a "family pack" and offering it to small businesses and home users.
The pack is a combination of Internet access for $49.95 per month and a 300MHz PC with 32MB of RAM and a 3.2GB drive for $399.
According to EISA sources, the deal is aimed at the four million unconnected households in Australia and hopes to inspire demand for second and third computers in the remaining homes.
According to Peter Mackow, EISA's general manager, this venture was motivated by the thousands of non-year 2000 compliant 386 and 486 computers still in Australian households. "Our offer gives those users the opportunity to upgrade to a 100 per cent compliant computer," claims Mackow.
As one of Australia's top five Internet service providers and an accepted Microsoft Windows 98 Referral Service partner, EISA was able to act upon the growing Internet trend and millennium bug phobia and develop this package, which, according to EISA sources, is the first of its kind in Australia.
The offer is good for two years, effective as of February 1, and includes additional incentives such as Windows 98 and numerous Internet software tools.