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Toshiba announces 'Pay-for-Use' Internet access
Posted: 31-Aug-2005 [Source: Toshiba]

[Toshiba announces its digital MVNO, MyConnect, is offering 'Pay-for-Use' Internet connectivity priced at $3.95 an hour. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, broadband locations and local dial-up numbers nationwide.]

Irvine, CA -- Toshiba's Digital Products Division today announced a new program for its MyConnect(TM) Internet access service that gives mobile computing users the option to pay only for the time they are connected to the Internet

With the Pay-for-Use program, usercan connect throughout the month and pay just $3.95 an hour based on their total connect time to the Internet. Users have the choice to connect to any one of the access types MyConnect offers, including more than 23,000 public Wi-Fi wireless hotspots, broadband locations and local dial-up numbers nationwide, providing unlimited access with no monthly obligation. Users are billed monthly for their usage only - with no monthly charge if they did not connect - and can monitor their usage costs throughout the month online at www.toshibamyconnect.com.

There is a one-time $9.99 plan activation fee for MyConnect users choosing the Pay-for-Use service. Connectivity minutes are totaled every 30 days following the subscriber's anniversary date, divided by one-hour blocks and then rounded to the next full hour. The total number of hour-long blocks are multiplied by the $3.95 hourly rate and the user's credit card is billed.

"MyConnect plans to introduce other Pay-for-Use customized services to meet the specific needs of mobile computer users in the future," Narayanan said.

A data-only mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), MyConnect works with any brand of notebook PC(1) with Microsoft Windows 2000 or later operating system. The service is available at The UPS Store locations, Barnes & Noble bookstores, Marriott and Hilton hotels, and many other major brand locations, as well as airports, restaurants, rest stops and more.

For more information on the MyConnect service, go to www.toshibamyconnect.com. MyConnect packages for small-to-medium business (SMB) resellers and enterprises are also available.

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