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In addition, the PC company is reselling Web subscriptions offered by BellSouth, the third-biggest U.S. DSL provider.
Dell will join computer makersand in reselling high-speed Web services directly to customers.
"More and more computer buyers see DSL as a necessary service," said Verizon spokeswoman Briana Gowing.
Dell is the first PC company to resell DSL service from the top two U.S. providers simultaneously, she added.
PC companies such as Dell are trying to latch onto a growth in broadband subscriptions to boost sales of personal computers. The PC market has been hit by a slumping economy that has forced corporations--among the biggest computer buyers--to limit their information technology spending. In addition, consumers have opted to buy other kinds of electronics devices instead of replacing their PCs.
Broadband services could provide a lifeline to PC companies. The number of DSL customers worldwide grew at an unprecedented rate from July through September 2002, according to asurvey from the DSL Forum. More than 5 million people worldwide signed up for DSL service between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2002, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous three-month period, according to the survey, which was released last month.
SBC, Verizon and BellSouth are expected to introduce rebates or discounts on subscriptions that are meant just for Dell customers. However, details of program pricing were not available Monday.