The New York State attorney general’s formal consumer warning against free PC offers does not apply to programs from Free-PC Inc., company officials claim.
The consumer tip posted on Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s web site sounded an alarm against so-called `free’ computers, stating, “There is no such thing as a free lunch. Computers that are advertised as ‘free,’ or deeply discounted, typically require that you commit to a long-term contract for Internet service – as long as three years.
“Some deals even require that you pre-pay for the entire amount in advance rather than in monthly installments, which can be as much as $800. Speed is relative. Technology is changing quite rapidly and you may find yourself tied to an agreement for Internet service that is slower or more expensive than would otherwise be available to you.”
Free-PC Inc. CEO Don La Vigne released a rebuttal statement, saying his company agrees with the Attorney General in principle – but not in practice.
“The free PC space has been cluttered with companies misrepresenting the term ‘free’ when they are actually asking for some monetary compensation,” La Vigne said, adding that Free-PC Inc. does not subscribe to that model.
“We are the only company that actually provides consumers with Free-PCs at no obligation other than to provide us with some minimal personal information and to view advertising on their desktop,” the CEO said. “We require no long-term commitment from our customers and they are free to return the PC to us at any time.”
The company’s web site is at www.free-pc.com.