Get Online @ Home – benefits for local government


In the UK there are still 8.4 million people who have yet to use the Internet and 5% of schoolchildren do not have access to a PC at home to assist with their education and learning.

As initiatives go, ones which provide computers for as little as £99, are winners. That is exactly what the Get Online @ Home initiative does and it’s available now.

Backed by Microsoft, Get Online @ Home aims to provide affordable, refurbished, internet-ready computers for those who may not be able to afford, or have access to the internet. From a local council perspective, it’s a great solution for your residents who might benefit from this offer.

There are a range of options available to choose from – if you’re on certain benefits, you can pick up a desktop computer for £99, meanwhile anyone else can buy one for just £149!

Or, if you prefer a laptop, those receiving certain benefits can buy one for £169, alternatively everyone else only need spend £199.

All PCs come with a selection of Microsoft software, warranty, support and easy installation guidance and information on the most cost-effective Internet broadband deals currently available.

To find out more, please see the Get Online @ Home website (featuring some great case studies).

Attending BETT 2012 this week (starting today!)? Microsoft’s Get Online @ Home team will be there on our big stand in the middle of Olympia! They’re ready to help answer any questions you may have.

Posted by Howard.

Comments (3)

  1. chris greig says:

    what is the government department and contact in charge of the get on line project?

    Also what is the complaint procedures if I am not satisfied!?

    Can someone please get back to me as soon as possible as I have paid money for a laptop which did not work, I have sent it back a month ago and haven't heard anything about my refund yet!!!  

  2. marty says:

    I assume you are aware this scheme is currently suspended. IT partners who provide the pcs and laptops took peoples money then went bankrupt. I ordered and paid for a desktop on 10th march for our son's 12th birthday on 16th April and have been refused a refund and still waiting his computer, repeatedly told it has been dispatched but no courier details available. The online@home website is currently down.

  3. Hi Marty,

    I appreciate how frustrating that experience is. Thanks for writing about it. The program is in transition but we now have a new team taking care of customer service issues at 03719 100 100. If you'll give them a call, this can all be sorted out.

    — Jesse