Free-PC

Free-PC

An organization that offered free PCs to individuals who promised to use them at least 10 hours per month. The PCs were sponsored by advertisers, and the ads were visible at all times. More than 30,000 units were shipped in the summer of 1999 to qualified applicants. Free-PC was created by idealab!, founded by Bill Gross in 1996 and which launched more than 20 Internet businesses in its first two years of operation. In 1999, Free-PC stopped offering free machines and merged with eMachines (www.emachines.com). In 2004, Gateway acquired eMachines.
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Free-PC.com made news in February 1999 by offering 10,000 free PCs (and free Internet service) to people who met certain marketing criteria.
Ultimately, Free-PC received over one million requests for machines and gave away approximately 30,000.
By far the largest of the Web advertising giveaways is Free-PC, the groundbreaking, advertising-supported, free-computer-with-Internet-access offer (http://www.free-pc.com).
ICP also has investments in CarsDirect Inc, Free-PC Inc, Jobs.com Inc and RealNames Corp.
One of the earliest adopters was Free-PC (www.free-pc.com).
Free-PC.com's tie-in with Compaq computer is one example.
A company called Free-PC will actually give you a free PC if you will answer several demographic questions and submit to advertising on your computer screen that is updated by the Internet connection.
Buedelsdorf-based MobilCom will add Comtech's outlets to its own network of 180 stores, prior to launching a free-PC incentivized internet service provider scheme, said CEO Gerhard Schmid.
Free-PC claims it has already signed deals with a number of advertisers, including Amazon.com Inc, Beyond.com Inc, Citibank, eBay Inc, Investors Business Daily, Preview Travel Inc and Volvo.
Microworkz, based in Seattle, Washington, joins Free-PC.com and eMachines Inc at the low-end of the market.
"Those ads those Free-PC customers will watch will be the ads the rest of us find on web sites a month or so later." Free-PC users who qualify for their machine will be acting as closely scrutinized guinea pigs.
Free-PC plans to ship its first 10,000 units to qualifying customers in the second quarter of this year, and is already asking customers to begin applying via its web site at www.free-pc.com.