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Wyse debuts $500 Net access devices

Internet access, thin client computing devices offer software rentals through ISPs.

Wyse Technologies today unveiled its Winterm line of Internet access, thin client computing devices. All four Winterm models offer point-to-point protocol and modem capabilities, and allow users to rent Microsoft Windows applications from Internet Service Providers.

The Winterm Model 2300 has a "paperback-book-sized" logic box that can support either a wall-mounted or freestanding display, while Winterm 2000T, 2500T, and 2700T come with either 14 or 15-inch displays. All four models come equipped with a keyboard and a mouse.

Through agreements with select ISPs, users will be able to access the ISP1s library of Windows software similar to the way they would rent a pay-per-view movie from their cable television provider. The company says rental fees will start at about a dollar per hour.

All four Winterm thin client computing devices will be available in July with prices starting at $500.

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