Cheap computers and Internet

taking_notes.jpgIf you are a low income earner there are a number of programs running that provide free or cheap computers and one organisation that now offers low cost Internet access. This article has details about some of these organisations and what they offer along with information about libraries and community technology centres that offer free internet access and training.

To qualify for some of these offers you need to be hold a benefits card from Centrelink.


Green PC
Green PC refurbishes used computers received from government and business organisations and makes them available to those who might not usually be able to afford a new computer system.
Contact Details:
Phone: 03 9486 9355 
Website: www.greenpc.com.au

WorkVentures Connect IT
WorkVentures Connect is in the business of turning ex corporate and government PCs and peripheral equipment into affordable systems for disadvantaged families, schools and not for profit organisations around Australia. WorkVentures has been successfully partnering with corporations, state and federal governments for over 20 years and together we have been trying to bridge many of the social problems facing our communities. In 2006 WorkVentures introduced an interest free purchase plan, which means clients can pay the computer off at no extra cost over a three month period.
Contact Details:
Free call number: 1800 112 205 
Website: www.connectit.workventures.net.au

Charity Computers (Supported local service ACT)
To supply a low cost, fully supported computer to disadvantaged people in Australia through local churches.
Charity Computers has 18 centres around Australia supplying computers to the most disadvantaged sectors of the community that have no other means to get this valuable resource. For a full list of their centres phone or visit their website - details below.
Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6101 6931 
Website: www.charitycomputers.com

Other Options
Check your local newspaper classifieds. Watch out for advertised promotions in your newspaper - from time to time Councils and other organisations have second hand computer sales when they are upgrading their computers.

The Trading Post
Look for the computer/IT section of this popular classified newspaper featuring thousands of advertisements.
Website: www.tradingpost.com.au

Ebay 
eBay is the popular online auction website that offers trade on a huge variety of new and used goods on a local, national and international basis. Visit the Ebay website to find out more.
Website: www.ebay.com.au

LOW COST INTERNET ACCESS

DIAL UP - Working carers who are on very low incomes can negotiate a dial-up internet connection with TADAustConnect for $6.60 a month. This service is available to people on the Disability Support Pension, Aged Pension and veterans, and other pensioners or carers by arrangement. Contact TADAustConnect on 1300 735 439  or visit the website: www.tadaustconnect.org.au

BROADBAND -Prices for ADSL across Australia are very similar, but you should shop around for the best deal. Visit the Whirlpool website to find out what plans are available in your are. www.whirlpool.net.au
 
FREE INTERNET ACCESS AND TRAINING

Public libraries offer free or low cost Internet access and training.

If you are new to computers and need assistance contact your local Neighbourhood Centre, Library, Community Technology Centre or Infoxchange Australia  at www.infoxchange.net.au/