TPG releases $699 box equipped with unlimited broadband

Aiming to lure new customers to its ADSL broadband service, Australian ISP TPG has released an exclusive broadband and PC hardware combination X-machine, complete with unlimited downloads for $699.

Unlike many of its competitors, who have introduced shaping policies or download caps across their broadband offerings, TPG is promising heavy users unlimited downloads without any capping, shaping or performance ratings for six months – all at a constant speeds of 256/64Kbps.

This new service is in contrast to TPG’s stand-alone 256/64Kbps Metro pay-as-you-go offering, which is charged at 15 cents per megabyte up to 400MB with a monthly fee of $19.99. Once users exceed the 400MB limit, they are then entitled to 10GB worth of downloads for no additional cost.

The X-machine is based on a Intel Celeron 1.1GHz chip and features 128MB of SDRAM, integrated graphics, 20GB ATA hard drive, 52x CD-ROM drive, and PCI ADSL modem. The system comes with a 12-month warranty.

TPG says the X-machine has been designed as a “plug and play” product, and will be fully configured and set up for customers upon delivery.

“It’s as simple as plugging it in and it’s ready to go," a TPG spokesperson said.

To complete the package, the X-machine comes pre-installed with a Linux operating system and custom-designed X Window, as well as the OpenOffice suite.

TPG’s broadband service promises users 20 free e-mail addresses, 10MB of Web space, two static IP addresses, and access for an unlimited number of LAN users.

The X-machine, which is on sale now, is only available via the ISP’s Web site: www.tpg.com.au/xmachine.

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