Banking on the burgeoning interest in broadband, Hewlett Packard (HP) will begin bundling broadband modems with a number of its higher specification PCs.
According to HP, the built in ADSL modems will not be added to the cost of the PC, saving the end user £50 to £80 on the price of signing up for a broadband connection.
Although the modems offer broadband access through any ADSL provider, BT Openworld discs offering free broadband activation have been included in the offer.
The PCs, priced at £1,119 to £1,299, will go on sale in the next few weeks exclusively, for now, at PC World.
HP explained that it would be monitoring demand for the packages, and expected them to prove popular.
David Brabham, consumer PC category manager at HP, said: "This trial will test out the marketplace and determine whether there is a significant consumer demand for PCs with a built-in broadband modem. We expect the model to be a popular choice."
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