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Laptop Broadband Deals Not Good Value For Money Finds Survey

A survey conducted by broadband comparison website BroadbandGenie found out that more than 60 percent of the respondents felt that the free laptop deals were not good value.

Surprisingly enough, only 15 percent, less than one in six of those taking part, said that free (or rather subsidised) laptop deals were worth it.

Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling commented on the data saying that "Mobile broadband has been getting a pretty rough ride in the press recently, and a lack of consumer confidence in the product could be a key contributor to this result."

It seems that many consumers are coming to terms with the fact that the long commitment - two years is common place - is in reality a hire purchase scheme, one where the purchaser only owns the laptop at the end of the contract.

A quick look around on some networks show that the cheapest "free laptop" broadband deal costs £20 per month at least, that's £480 for the duration of the contract with 1GB worth of data transfer.

In comparison, buying a laptop and the broadband package separately would cost around the same price. The Acer Aspire One D150 costs £220 only and 24 months at £10, bringing the total to £460, not far from the £480.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.