Telecommuter Deal Unveiled

SAN MATEO (06/23/2000) - AT&T Corp. and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. on Friday unveiled a pact designed to push PC sales to corporate employees increasingly working and accessing the Internet at home.

The two unveiled a new program dubbed Employee PC Purchase Program, aimed at businesses outfitting their workforce with equipment at home.

With Toshiba bringing the hardware and AT&T providing the Internet connectivity, the companies claim businesses can pay for their employees' home access for as little as 85 cents per day per person.

To underscore the market in corporate employee purchasing scenarios, the companies put forward a 1999 survey completed by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the Census Bureau.

The survey found that 25 percent of the American workforce maintains a PC and Web access at home.

AT&T, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and Toshiba, in Irvine, California, pushed the idea of employee purchase programs to corporations as a retention plan.

The Employee PC Purchase Program is aimed specifically at companies with at least 1,000 workers, which can outfit that employee base for home computing for about $900.

Options include re-branding options that stick corporate logos on the equipment and various configurations and monitor sizes. Also available is an option to buy Toshiba notebooks bundled with three years of AT&T WorldNet service for a cost of about $1,500.

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