Surfers flood free PC sites

Surfers flood free PC sites
Melanie Reynolds Hundreds of thousands of people flooded two US Web sites offering free PCs. California firm Free-PC said it was deluged with more than 300,000 applications for a free Compaq PC. The company is collecting applications from which it will choose who will receive a first shipment of 10,000 PCs. The PCs are free but the company plans to make money by preloading onto the PC thousands of advertisements that will be seen by the user. Users must also go online for at least ten hours a month to be shown yet more adverts as they browse Web sites. This will be the time when the PC’s advert collection is updated. The adverts will appear on-screen in area that frames the user’s desktop view. Free-PC said it has loaded special PC software that prevents users deleting the ads from the hard drive. Florida-based One Stop Communications said that it is offering 25,000 free Apple Computer iMacs in exchange for a three-year commitment from users to spend at least $100 in its online shopping mall a month. If users decline a purchase they will be automatically billed $100 that month.


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