Using the Next G network, SMB customers can access interest-free finance and make small monthly repayments for the machine on one Telstra bill. The customer will also own the notebook, once the plan expires.
It is similar to mobile phone monthly repayment plans currently offered through telcos.
There are currently five notebook brands to take part in the program with Toshiba being the first to launch Telstra tested and certified embedded Next G network notebooks.
Toshiba models that are available on this program include the Portege R830, Tecra R840 and R850 models. Neither of theses models require a USB card or broadband cabling.
For example, customers can purchase a Toshiba Portege R830 for $0 upfront on a 24-month plan for $124 per month.
This includes $75 repayment per month on the device as well as a $49 mobile broadband plan.
ICT123 CEO, Ben O’Leary, said one of the big benefits of the program for resellers is that five major notebook brands have been earmarked to participate in the program.
HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer are currently going through Telstra testing and certification, and will go live on the program in coming weeks.
“Resellers don’t have to buy their notebook product from anywhere different, they buy them from where they do today, and if they want access to this embedded interest free program, they need to become a dealer of ours and we can do the provisioning for them,” O’Leary said.
“It provides resellers an additional revenue stream in commissions and the data plan.”
O’Leary said it conducted a survey with its partners, which indicated 87 per cent of its partners believe the program will help increase their business up to 30 per cent.
“We’ve already had tremendous feedback. We’ve been working on this program for a number of years, the market may have seen other iterations of it, but this is the version we’re 100 percent confident in,” he said.