Tiny Computers has binned its "free" PC offer due to a lack of interest.
The company introduced the deal a month ago to wide media scepticism. Users had to sign up to its telco service Tiny Telecom for 12 months and spend a minimum of £25 per month on call charges. In return they got a low-end PC without a monitor. (see Newswire 15 July 1999)
According to Jim Buchanan, Tiny PR manager, the "free" PC offer simply didn't wash with British punters.
"The UK public was too sceptical. And it was not an ideal solution because there was no monitor," he said.
Tiny is looking for another "free" PC offer - where it can offer an improved specification.
"We're refining the offer," Buchanan said.
The Tiny offer also included the option to purchase any Pentium III Tiny machine with a £200 discount. Buchanan said the company received 25,000 calls in the two weeks after the offer launched, and 90 per cent of customers went for the PIII PC £200-off alternative.
"Once you've actually persuaded a customer to buy a PC, and they actually put their hand in their pocket, they realise they'd rather pay £500 and have the PC with a monitor that will last for years," he said.
Tiny will continue with this Pentium III offer, which also ties customers into Tiny Telecom for 12 months. Prices range from £699 to £1,399 ex VAT.
Tiny said it had not yet decided on a launch date for its higher spec free PC.
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