With the price of electricity getting so high, many data centers are paying in the high six and low seven figures for power every year. Given the switch in costs of computers and electricity, electric companies may be able to offer customers free computer hardware if they will just sign a contract to buy electricity from them. It is the cellphone model of selling services and giving hardware. Another example, NetZero got its start in the 1990’s offering a free PC to customers who would sign a contract for Internet services.
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