Ihug to enter PC business - with Internet twist

While others fall out of the PC assembly business, the Internet Group (Ihug) is jumping in - and sweetening its deals with unlimited Internet access. The company will launch two models on September 1, both packing Pentium II 300MHz processors, 64Mb Ram, 4Gb hard drive, 4Mb video cards and 15in monitors.

While others fall out of the PC assembly business, the Internet Group (Ihug) is jumping in — and sweetening its deals with unlimited Internet access.

The company will launch two models on September 1, both packing Pentium II 300MHz processors, 64Mb Ram, 4Gb hard drive, 4Mb video cards and 15in monitors. A brand name has yet to be decided.

The first will ship with a 56Kbit/s modem and a year's free Internet access for $2595 ex GST. The second machine comes bundled with installation a and a year's free access to Ihug's high-speed wireless StarNet service for $3595 ex GST.

"We wanted to get people a PC with us onboard already and one way to do that was to do it ourselves," says Ihug director Nick Wood. "It's pretty much the same machine that PC Direct do for $2995, and for only $500 more than that you're getting the StarNet hookup and a year's access."

The new PCs will initially be offered direct to the company's existing customer base but a showroom is being set up. The PCs will also be available for lease or rent.

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