WebTV type of service in Finland

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WebTV type of service in Finland

Post by eric71 » Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:37 am

My wife's father in Kotka may be retiring soon, and we are wondering what the easiest way to set him up with email at home is in Finland. At the rate things are going (finding a job, residency permit, etc.) it's going to be a while before we arrive in Finland and we'd like to stay in touch by email when he can no longer do it at work. Surfing sports websites would also keep him busy.

The catch is that getting a full computer system and dial-up service will most likely be out of his price range, and he's far from cumputer savy. In the US, there's services like MSN TV - http://www.msntv.com, that are marketed for grandparents who want to see pictures of grandchildren on the internet. Is there similar equipment and services available in Finland?

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Eric



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Post by dusty_bin » Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:43 am

I have not seen such a thing here. In the UK we have email phones which allow sending and receiving email, I have not seen them here but I think it is tied into a particular ISP. The firm selling these things, well at least one of them, is Amstrad, you can buy from them online, cost about $150

http://www.amstrad.com

A secondhand pc may not cost much more and would certainly work. A local firm, Micropirates, can set you up with an internet ready pc with monitor for under $200

http://www.micropirates.fi

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Post by Hank W. » Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:43 pm

My dad got himself a computer and went on a computer course for the elderly at the age of 76, so I wouldn't count on the "not too savvy" part for too long.

Anything bought to the house I'd opt for a laptop. Easier to use and more useful in the family later on.

And if you just want him to get email - library?
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