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Dell Expands ConnectDirect Program with Internet Services from GTE.net
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq:DELL), the world's leading direct computer systems company, and GTE Internetworking today announced they will collaborate to integrate GTE.net's Internet access service into Dell Dimension desktop PCs for home and small business customers, enabling Dell customers to choose GTE as their access provider when they log onto the Internet. This announcement is the latest milestone in Dell's ConnectDirect(sm) strategy to provide its customers fast, easy and personalized Internet access through alliances with leaders in the online community.
"Most of our customers cite Internet access as a primary reason they're buying a PC," said Paul Bell, senior vice president and general manager of Dell's Home and Small Business Group. "We want Dell customers to be able to get onto the Internet within five minutes of turning on one of our machines."
"Our relationship with Dell is just another way that GTE is working toward providing customers with complete solutions." said Alex Coleman, vice president and general manager of online services for GTE Internetworking, a division of GTE Corp. "The ConnectDirect program distribution channels will enable GTE to continue to reach the growing population of today's most Internet-savvy consumers with our GTE.net service offerings."
The Dell and GTE offering provides Dimension customers with free Internet access for 30 days or 100 hours, and two e-mail accounts. No credit card is required until day 31 or hour 100; after this free trial period, many payment plans are available, the average one providing 100 hours on-line access for $19.95 per month.
ConnectDirect is Dell's strategy to provide customers with easy, fast and personalized Internet access by offering a choice of best-in-class Internet services. Currently the ConnectDirect program includes alliances with AT&T; WorldNet and GTE to provide Internet access services, with America Online to provide Internet access as well as access to AOL content, and with Excite to provide customized Internet content and a portal to the Internet. The program also includes alliances with Bell Atlantic, SBC Communications and US West for ADSL services in various areas throughout the U.S. Dell has also selected Cisco Systems, Inc. as the modem provider of choice for ADSL-ready Dimension PCs sold to US West customers.
About Dell and Dimension PCs
Dimension is Dell's award-winning line of desktop PCs for home and small business customers. The build-to-order PCs have led the industry in a number of technology developments, including the rapid transition to Intel Pentium II processors. For more information about Dimension desktop PCs, visit Dell's Internet site at www.dell.com/products/dim.
Ranked No. 125 among the Fortune 500 companies and No. 363 in the Fortune Global 500, Dell Computer Corporation is the world's leading direct computer systems company, based on revenues of $16.8 billion for the past four quarters. Dell designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained through its toll-free number 1-800-388-8542 or by accessing the Dell World Wide Web site at www.dell.com.
About GTE Internetworking
GTE Internetworking, a unit of GTE Corporation (NYSE:GTE) offers customers, from consumers to Fortune 500 companies, a full spectrum of integrated Internet services using IP networking technologies. GTE Internetworking delivers complete network solutions, including dial-up and dedicated Internet access, high-performance Web hosting, managed Internet security, network management, systems integration, and Web-based application development for integrating the Internet into business operations. GTE.net, the dial-up Internet access provider for GTE Internetworking, was launched in the summer of 1996. GTE.net currently has over 600 nationwide local points of presence and services over 800,000 dial-up accounts.
GTE Internetworking draws upon its expertise in funded research and development of advanced technologies, including satellites, digital radio, multigigabit routers, security, and speech, and GTE's strong existing telecommunications services, including local and long distance, wireless, paging, video, and Internet. GTE is one the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated voice, video and data services. More information about GTE Internetworking and GTE Corp. can be found on the Internet at http://www.gte.com.
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