neuf Cegetel plans to get 'technophobes' online

29 Sep 2006

French alternative telecoms operator neuf Cegetel has announced ambitious plans to make a dent in the 50% or so French households estimated not to own PC in a bid to get more ‘technophobes’ online and surfing, and using its services. The ISP, which is planning for a stock market flotation in October, plans to offer less technically savvy users its Easy Gate product, essentially a stripped down basic computer loaded with freely-available ‘open source’ software rather than the usual Microsoft Windows platform. For EUR40 (USD50.84) a month, late adopters will receive the Easy Gate ‘cube’, plus a broadband connection and unlimited phone calls to other French landlines. A monitor, keyboard and webcam will also be available, with prices starting from EUR99 for a bundle, and neuf is also including an innovative feature which allows its customer support staff to take control of the computer remotely if the user runs into difficulty.

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