SINGAPORE--In an attempt to capture more of the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) market, StarHub Pte Ltd today announced that it is offering a broadband-ready computer for just S$1.
The catch? Interested SMEs have to sign up for the company’s ADSL broadband service, WebSpeed, first. Customers must sign up with the service for a minimum of two years, with an upfront payment of three months' subscription. The offer, limited to one PC per plan, starts today.
"The reason why StarHub is offering this S$1 deal to SMEs, is to allow them to upgrade their computer systems, as well as (offer them) the chance to go into broadband. Especially since the economic downturn has limited many SMEs' cash flow," said a spokesperson from StarHub. "We also hope to capture more of the SME market."
There are two subscription plans for WebSpeed:
• SMEs which want to connect to the Internet at 256kbps will pay a S$188 monthly fee (in addition to the S$1 PC offer). The PC bundled with this service is an IBM Celeron 733Mhz PC with a 256k ADSL USB modem.
• Those that want to surf the Web at 512kbps will pay a monthly fee of S$338. The PC bundled with this plan is an IBM Pentium III 1Ghz PC with a 512k ADSL USB modem.
According to StarHub, the bundled computers are not customizable.
Interested SMEs must be companies or partnerships registered with the Registry of Companies and Business in Singapore. They are also required to produce a business registration certificate when applying for StarHub's offer.