Netpliance, Inc., whose i-opener could be considered the first Internet appliance, recently added functionality, but also decided to raise its hardware “membership kit” price from $99 (down from its normal $199) to $399, in an effort to get profits from more than its online services. Will people be willing to pay an extra $300 for the privilege of using a 10-inch display?
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strategy. (Refer to TEC Note Internet/Information Appliances ). For a start-up without a large subscriber base, increasing market share through a price increase is a counter-intuitive strategy. America Online, with a subscriber base roughly 1000 times the size of Netpliance's, is probably not too worried. The recent availability of Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison's New Internet Computer (NIC), with more features (except no monitor), the freedom to choose your own ISP (including the NIC's own free