IBM Delivers a Complete Internet Solution for Home and Small Business Users

Unlimited Internet Access With IBM Multimedia Desktop PC for as Low as $23/Month

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & WALTHAM, Mass - 15 Jun 2000: -- IBM and Lycos, Inc., today announced they would work together to help individuals and small business owners easily and affordably access the Internet for as low as $23/month. Lycos will furnish unlimited Internet access through its Lycos Free Internet Access service.(1) IBM will combine a multimedia desktop PC, monitor, a complete suite of software applications and IBM's award-winning hardware support to offer an Internet solution with consumer financing from MBNA for as low as $23 per month.(2)

Available exclusively through ibm.com and 1-888-SHOP-IBM, IBM will provide customers with a choice of three Aptiva E series(a) systems with Intel(b) processors ranging from 533MHz to 566MHz(3), word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, personal productivity and digital camera software and a one-year or three-year limited warranty with one-year on-site warranty service(4) all for one low monthly payment. Lycos will provide Lycos Free Internet Access, powered by 1stUp.com, free e-mail and customized personal "My Lycos" start page service(2). In addition, if U.S. customers purchase these systems through 1-888-SHOP IBM by June 30, they will receive a free Lexmark Z11 color printer.

"This is all about simplifying and customizing the computing experience," said Ralph Martino, vice president of marketing and strategy, IBM Personal Systems Group. "By joining forces with Lycos, IBM can offer a very affordable, high-powered, turn-key solution with the easy access, Internet connectivity and support that individuals want and small business owners need to grow as an e-business."

The offering also includes industry-leading service and technical support from IBM with unlimited toll-free telephone and Internet advice; parts warranty; and on-site warranty service by authorized IBM technicians(4). Also included is eligibility for membership in IBM's Owner Privileges service -- which provides members with tips and advice on starting and growing an e-business and extends exclusive promotional deals on IBM products and services. Customers can register for Owner Privileges at the time of purchase by phone, or on-line from ibm.com.(5)

This is the latest in a series of joint initiatives between IBM and Lycos and follows an announcement earlier this year to provide customized content to Fidelity Investments customers using IBM's NetVista(a) Internet Appliance. IBM and Lycos also plan to develop future offerings within the next several months that combine IBM's desktop and ThinkPad mobile computing products with additional services such as "My Lycos" and "Your Advisor" to help customers take full advantage of the Internet for personal and business use.

"IBM shares our vision of providing next-generation connectivity, performance and content in a computing experience," said Jeff Bennett, senior vice president of corporate development at Lycos. "This agreement is a win-win for individuals and small businesses, combining the rich variety of content products from Lycos with the high standards of reliability, service and e-commerce possibilities that IBM brings to the marketplace."

Products and Availability:

Aptiva E-Series Bundle 30U15MN

-- Finance from MBNA for as low as $23/month for four years; $28/month for three years(2); one-time payment of $799 (6)

-- IntelCeleron 533MHz processor; 64MB SDRAM; 4.3 GB HDD (7); 48x/-20x CD-ROM (8); 56k v.90 (9) Modem; keyboard; IBM Sleek Mouse

-- Software includes Windows 98; Lotus Smart Suite Millennium; MS Works, MS/ Money 2000, Quicken 2000; Norton Antivirus (OEM Version) (10)

-- 15-inch (13.9" VIS) color monitor

-- One-year/one-year on-site limited warranty with one year on-site warranty service

Aptiva E-Series Bundle 31U15MN

-- Finance from MBNA for as low as $26/month for four years; $33/month for four years (2); one-time payment of $929

-- IntelCeleron 533MHz processor; 64MB SDRAM; 10 GB HDD; 48x-/20x CD-ROM; 56k v.90 Modem; keyboard; IBM Sleek Mouse

-- Software includes Windows 98; Lotus Smart Suite Millennium; MS Works, MS/Money 2000, Quicken 2000; Norton Antivirus (OEM Version)

-- 15-inch (13.9" VIS) color monitor

-- Three-year limited warranty with /one-year on-site warranty service

Aptiva E-Series Bundle 32U15MN

-- Finance from MBNA for as low as $30/month for four years; $37/month for three years (2); one-time payment of $1,059

-- IntelCeleron 566MHz processor; 128MB SDRAM; 10 GB HDD; 48x/20x CD-ROM; 56k v.90 Modem; RAK II keyboard; IBM Scroll Point II Mouse

-- Software includes Windows 98; Lotus Smart Suite Millennium; MS Works, MS/ Money 2000, Quicken 2000; Norton Antivirus (OEM Version)

-- 15-inch (13.9" VIS) color monitor

-- Three-year limited warranty with /one-year on-site warranty service

All products are available for immediate shipment with unlimited ISP beginning later this month. All orders placed through 1-888-SHOP IBM before June 30 will include a free Lexmark Z11 color printer (shipping/handling extra). This offer cannot be combined with other offers or promotions and is valid only while supplies last.

Additional Note: For those companies that want to move beyond individual Internet access, to a shared-access model on a local network, IBM also offers IBM Small Business Web Connections. Powered by the Whistle InterJet server, the solution provides services for up to 100 users, such as: selection and registration of their own "dot.com" address, Internet access, and professional e-mail. See http://www.ibm.com for details.

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