Dell has become the latest company to jump on the free Internet service provider bandwagon, with the launch of its own pan European service targeted at small business and home PC users.
The Dellnet service has been launched first in the UK, with Germany and France due to come online later this month and other European countries by the end of the year.
Dellnet access software will be loaded onto Dell's Dimension PC range and will also be available at dedicated Web sites in each country.
Dellnet users will receive a free email address and access to a portal with news and information channels supplied by search engine developer Excite.
"PC vendors need to differentiate themselves to succeed, especially in the consumer market," Dataquest analyst Thomas Reuner said. "The launch of Dellnet is a good move for Dell.
The Dellnet service is based on infrastructure and software from British Telecom.
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