Stories by Tom Allen and Tom Spring

  • PCs for free

    Everyone is acutely aware of the pressure on PC margins, but this is getting ridiculous. A free PC scheme about to be launched by a start-up company in the US could revolutionise the way computers are sold but, according to Australian resellers, has several obstacles in its way before it will take off here. Free-PC.com of California plans to give away 10,000 Compaq PCs with free Internet access to customers willing to forfeit detailed private information about themselves and how they'll use the computer. The FreePCs.com site has been overwhelmed by a stampede of potential customers eager to sign up.