Where on earth did everyone get the idea that you have to use bigbluespot's isp to go online for an hour a month, check the terms and conditions, it is NOT necessary to access the internet on your bigbluespot computer. I personally think it is very good value for people like me who live quite far from uni and hate queueing for ages to get on a computer. Now I can use my own computer in the comfort of my own bedroom (where no one bans me from eating, drinking, listening to music or using my mobile phone!)Oh, and you can check your e-mail from any computer, just be sure to do it regularly in term time.
I believe this site is on to an abosolute winner. Giving away PCs to all us students, but is that really true. At first I was sceptical, I never believe in a free lunch, but then I read the opening statements on BIGBLUESPOT.COM. All you need is a letter of acceptance and a PC is yours. Then I read the smaller print. The PC is at least second hand, fair enough. I must pay for delivery, £14 OK. I must pay for insurance, but not necessarily their's, again I'll allow that. But if I want to use the internet I must use their server, no doubt a more expensive one probably full of adverts from "student friendly" organisations. When other web sites actively help students with fund raising and lobying, why does bigbluspot.com try and make so much money out of us. I'm sure the PCs come in very cheaply, and they leave as pretty basic models. Maybe someone can put me straight on this. Congratulations bigbluespot on the idea, but if you were a slight bit kinder, I'm sure more of us would use you.
I've had a good look round bigbluespot and I think it's pretty good. It's not covered in ads like the so many websites and it's pretty straightforward and not too condescending - I get really sick of the 'Hey! Zany students! We're with the kids' attitude that other sites like Red Mole have got. As for the computer offer, well it's not strictly free - getting £85 quid back in three years doesn't feel like free, although I suppose technically it is. But, on the other hand £99 for a computer is a pretty good deal, even without getting the money back so I reckon I'll go for it - especially as I've persuaded my parents to pay for it! The site's also got some quite groovy stuff on it. I love killing Chris Evans in Celebrity Killer and the jokes section has some bloody funny pictures in it. All in all I reckon it's the best of a bad bunch student website-wise and the PC offer is worth recommending. At least have a look...
bigbluespot is a standard 'student' website with a bit of a difference, it gives away computers. Whilst the idea of free computers (or as good as free) for students appeals immensely (never let it be said I would pass up something that cheap). Do they seriously think that anyone will be using their site on a computer worse than a P70 (which is what they're offering)? Or that if they are, that those people are a big market? Seems like a cynical device to draw traffic to me. Having a computer as a student is almost essential, with most courses requiring you to type all essays and a limited supply of university computers. These could be excellent for simple typing but not the whole "use our ISP and give us ecommerce £'s" that bigbluespot seems to have envisaged. Which is why they've 'temporarily' taken the offer down. Apart from that the site is reasonable with competent look and content rating a hmm rather than an unqualified success or failure. This isn’t a long review for me, and this reflects the characteristics of the site itself. It's not somewhere that makes you want to go there again and again but it's not gratuitously offensive either. It just doesn’t seem to have any depth to it. Worth a look, but not for too long.
The Big blue spot themselves sent me an e mail about my review!! Asking if i had any other comments to add from myself or others and telling me that the only cost for theISP is local call rates. See Big brother can be watching our reviews Original review I found this site through azfree.co.uk and was all ready to sign up to try to get a free machine but then i read all the terms and conditions. They appear to offer to lend you a Pentium 75 machine and software for 30 months and after this time they give it to you . The machine would be which would be very slow and then you have to agree to lots of conditions but the main one seems to be You agree to use your BIGBLUESPOT.COM System on the Internet for an average of one hour per month and access your email account at bigbluespot.com once per week and read any mail sent to you by bigbluespot.com. They do not state how much if anything they charge for using the isp or dial up charges. But definately worth keeping an eye on in case these charges are very low. I have like erl asked for more info and will update this page when I receive it.
ever felt like your computer has a "critical need" chip - it only goes wrong when you critically need it? Or, worse still you haven't got one at home and getting fed up of the computer labs at Uni. I came across a site the other day, bigbluespot.com. As well as the usual student lifestyle related info, they are offering university students a computer for a £14 delivery fee and £85 deposit refundable after 30 months. It seemed like a good offer and for us students in cash-strapped land one which perhaps would seem like a dream come true. They are not the best spec in the world but would do the job for most students except perhaps computing orientated students. I havent decided whether to go for it or not yet as there are conditions that you must dial up their connection for 60 minutes a month and also use their email once a week. The thing that strikes me is that as we students know when deadline time is hitting we have so much going on that we might omit to fulful the conditions and then what would happen? I have emailed them to this effect and will post a response when I get one. In the meantime if you feel it could be up your street take a look and judge for yourself. I dont feel I can recommend or not as I am dithering on the verge of temptation but my suspicious mind is getting the better of me at the moment.