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Internet cafes get loan to pay for Windows software

2006-03-01 13:13:02
Cybercafe News
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The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and CitiFinancial Corporation are starting a new financing program that will allow Internet cafes in the country to obtain legal software.
Citifinancial will offer loans from as low as 15,000 pesos to as high as 400,000 for Internet cafes subscribed to PLDT’s DSL broadband services.

The loans can be used to pay for licensed software, which includes Microsoft Windows operating systems and other desktop editing applications.

The financing program facility is available initially in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao and is good until April 1.

PLDT Vice President Jonel Ladaban said the loan is initially targeted at 5,000 Internet cafes in the Philippines, noting that many Internet cafes cannot purchase software legally due to high costs even if they want to.

Software usually takes about a third of the cost of a whole computer. For instance, a licensed Windows XP operating system would cost 5,500 pesos. Likewise, a Microsoft Office XP package costs 10,000 pesos.

“This is our way of assisting our subscribers in obtaining legal software in view of the government’s crackdown on software piracy,” Ladaban said.

PLDT also owns Netopia, the country’s largest Internet café chain with over 150 branches.
Source: INQ7 Interactive

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