What happens when computer prices start dropping down below the $300 mark? They become about as valuable as the figurative toaster your bank will give you for opening a new account. Well, a $250 toaster anyway. Honestly, I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a bank actually offer a toaster to new account holders, but I’ve also never seen a bank offer a computer — until now. Because RBC Royal Bank in Canada is giving away free Eee PCs to customers who open a new account, transfer funds from another financial institution, and jump through a few other hoops.

Don’t expect a shiny new Eee PC 900 series here. What you get is a lowly 2G Surf model, meaning you get a 800/571MHz processor, 2GB of storage, Xandros Linux, and no webcam. But hey, it’s a computer. For opening a bank account.

[via Engadget]



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6 replies on “Want a free Eee PC? Just sign up for a bank account (in Canada)”

  1. not actually a bad idea for a bank as linux won’t be as susceptible to keyloggers and other malware that would compromise security. still open to phishing though.

  2. Yeah, but the two accounts that qualify for this deal cost $14 or $30 per month. It’s easy to see why this is a good deal… for the bank.

  3. This actually isn’t the first bank to do something like this. In the late 80s, there was a bank in the US that offered an Apple //c to anyone who opened a CD with them. Of course there was a minimum deposit and you had to commit to a term of several years, so it was a good deal… for the bank.

  4. This actually isn’t the first bank to do something like this. In the late 80s, there was a bank in the US that offered an Apple //c to anyone who opened a CD with them. Of course there was a minimum deposit and you had to commit to a term of several years, so it was a good deal… for the bank.

  5. This actually isn’t the first bank to do something like this. In the late 80s, there was a bank in the US that offered an Apple //c to anyone who opened a CD with them. Of course there was a minimum deposit and you had to commit to a term of several years, so it was a good deal… for the bank.

    1. You have to stay in the plan until December 31, 2008. So the costs is really $13.95*6 months now or $84. So that’s not too bad. You cancel it after that.

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