You might be sick of reading Harvey Norman stories, but you have to keep an eye on what it's doing, nonetheless. The latest idea is an Internet Kiosk in all 56 HN stores around the country. These freestanding kiosks feature three PCs permanently connected to three ISPs - Connect.com (Enternet), MagNET and OzEmail. Shoppers can surf the net as long as they like, and even sign up on the service they like best, then take home a starter pack to install there.
An alternative is to purchase the new Netscape Navigator Australian Personal Edition from the store for $89.95. It comes with point-and-click registration wizards for all three ISPs. The product also has 30-day free phone support for setup questions. HN's Brian Pleaner, in charge of the new venture, said HN's steering committee looked at submissions from more than a dozen ISPs before choosing these three to start with. "One major consideration was that they have sufficient POPs to cover our customers. The company expects a boom in SOHO PC sales on the back of interest in the Internet."