Toshiba U.S., AT&T Team Up on Staff PC Deal

BOSTON (06/23/2000) - In an effort to reach to new customers, Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS), Computer Systems Group and AT&T WorldNet Service have teamed up to create a new employee PC purchase program open to companies with 1,000 or more workers.

TAIS will be responsible for the hardware and AT&T will offer bundled Internet access, according to the companies. The program will cost participating companies about 85 cents daily per employee who buys a computer and includes three years of prepaid Internet access.

While similar to computer purchase programs started last year by Dell Computer Corp. and Ford Motor Co., this particular program is aimed at smaller companies. The program allows several financing options with computers costing about $900 per machine.

"This a customized program set to meet the needs of different employees," said Marie Meoli, a Toshiba spokeswoman. The program also allows employees to buy notebook computers rather than desktop models and also includes software.

Each computer system will offer software including Windows 98, Microsoft Works 2000, Norton AntiVirus and Internet Security, and AT&T will offer 150 hours of Internet access per month.

Toshiba, based in Irvine, California, can be reached at 1+949-583-3000 or at http://www.toshiba.com/. AT&T, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, can be reached at +1-908-221-2000 or http://www.att.com/.

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