here is an email one of my friends received:
Your Free PC pre-registration, customer number: XXXX
We regret to inform you that we are unable to fulfill your application at
As you may know, Metronomy's launch generated considerable media interest,
and we received an excellent response from households wishing to take part
in the scheme. However, we have also received information to suggest that a
minority of applicants do not intend to operate within our standard terms
and conditions, resulting in the potential theft of the computer.
Whilst we have invested considerable resources into developing highly secure
business processes and technology, the high cost of each PC means that we
must control our exposure at this stage.
As such, we have reluctantly decided to release only a limited number of PC'
s in the first instance, in order to fully test our security procedures and
technical infrastructure before a wider roll-out in the Autumn.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to progress your application until then.
Should you wish us to remove your details from the waiting list, please
click here: [email protected] and return the message, remembering to
include your customer number. Otherwise, you will be contacted later in the year with further information.
We recognise that our concerns apply to only a minority of applications, and
regret any inconvenience that this may cause to bona-fide customers, but
feel this is the best course of action to protect the long-term interests of
the business and ensure that the offer can be available to all who want it
looks like the free lunch is getting further and further away.