Hardware maker Dell has signed a deal to distribute free laptops with the purchase of a broadband Internet access subscription through the UK's Carphone Warehouse.
Carphone Warehouse is a moble phone supplier and it is one of Dell's first moves into retail supply.
Starting in September, consumers who buy a two-year contract for AOL through the Carphone Warehouse Group will get a coupon for a free base-model Inspiron notebook from Dell.
The Dell laptop comes with Microsoft's Vista Home Basic OS, 1 G byte of RAM, an 80G-byte hard drive, an Intel Corp. Celeron processor and Wi-Fi. The laptop can be upgraded for a fee. Customers also get a wireless router, but have to pay a £14.99 laptop delivery fee.