Interested subscribers will be able to walk into a Telkom service center and order this new offering with a selection of 12 PC bundles. The contract is for 36 months but subscribers wishing to end their contract have the option to buy it out.
Telkom in partnership with Mecer, Mustek, Microsoft SA and Intel will offer a bronze, silver and gold PC package for entry-level, mid-range or top-of-the-range respectively. There is a 24 month carry-in-warranty provided by Mustek.
Each PC package will be accompanied by the choice of four Internet offerings a dial-up connection (SurfMore 10 Plus), ISDN (Surfmore 30 Plus), ADSL 192 and ADSL 384. Telkom did announce that it has definite plans to include the faster DSL 512 offering in their TelkomInternet package in the near future.
The prices of these 12 PC offering range from R376.16 per month for the Bronze SurfMore 10 Plus to the most expensive top-of-the-range Gold HomeDSL 384 at R790.96 per month for 36 months.
The low-level Bronze SurfMore 10 Plus comes with a 15” Mecer PC, 180W speakers, Windows XP Home, home delivery, installation, line rental and Call Answer.
TelkomInternet aims to provide an easy method to connect with the hopes that by bundling the package more users will sign up and get connected.
“With this low-cost PC bundle, Telkom is stepping up its social investment strategy to enable people to communicate by introducing to the market a bundle to grow the Internet industry,” stated Rikus Matthyser, Telkom’s Executive for Business Integration Service.
Rikus acknowledges that due to economic constraints in South Africa PC’s will not be available to the whole population and that this product is targeted at users who already have a Telkom line or are able to order one.
Matthyser assures customers that extensive planning has gone into the launch of this product and that sufficient capacity is available in terms of bandwidth and support. Subscribers will have access to 24/7 technical support with installation and home delivery free.
This package is exclusive to Telkom and ISP’s will not be able to resell the service.