Bath, United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 05, 2009 -- A new survey has found that only 15% of people believe that 'free' laptop deals are actually good value for money.
The deals, started a few years ago when mobile broadband began to grow in popularity, saw users rewarded with a laptop providing they chose a single provider - normally on a lengthy contract - in order to supply them with mobile broadband services.
However, the 'free' laptop is essentially a purchasing scheme, where users find they are still paying for their laptop through much higher monthly charges for their mobile broadband services. The researchers have suggested that many consumers are unaware of this, and therefore see the high charges as unfair.
Name, Product Director of UKCompareBroadband.co.uk said:
"Free laptops, like most deals offering anything for 'free' aren't quite that simple. You do end up paying for the cost of the laptop through the monthly charges.
However, this doesn't mean that these deals are always bad value for money or that they shouldn't be considered.
Using comparison sites and researching how much the laptop would normally cost if it had been purchased separately can help consumers decide if such a deal is really worth the money. They also need to weigh up the disadvantages of being on such a lengthy contract.
Free laptop deals remain a good way of spreading the cost of an expensive piece of equipment, but suppliers need to be transparent in exactly how the money is paid back in order to regain consumer confidence in such schemes."