Go ON UK, a new cross-sector partnership aiming to bring the internet to "every individual and every organization in every community in the UK", is offering broadband-connected PCs for just £159.
The bundle comes as part of the organisation's ‘Get Online @ Home' scheme, which gives UK consumers the chance to purchase computer packages at a knock-down price. Backed by Microsoft and TalkTalk, the £159 deal includes a refurbished Windows 7 desktop PC with 15in monitor, keyboard and mouse - along with a 12-month TalkTalk contract providing a monthly usage allowance of 40GB, and a phone line with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines.
The package falls to £99 for those receiving certain benefits and a discount is also available with the parallel laptop offer, available at £169 for those in the same circumstances, as well as the standard £199.
Go ON UK want to bring down the number of unconnected Britons, after an ONS Labour Force Survey in February this year found that just over eight million people in the UK had still never used the Internet. The initiative holds promise, having attracted some major partners including the BBC, the Big Lottery Fund, E.ON, Lloyds, Age UK and the Post Office Limited.