The Computer Shop (formerly Time Computers) have never had a great reputation amongst techincal people in the UK. They might be cheap, but their build quality is shoddy and their support is appalling. Now Yoz Grahame points out another reason for not using them.
Apparently their systems come with a modem that is configured to only work with one ISP. You can only fix this by calling a £1/minute support line and buying software to unlock the modem for an additional £60. Yoz also links to a free solution to this problem.
I’m mentioning this in the hope that my high Googlejuice will mean that this page will appear high in the listings for anyone searching for “Time Computers” or “The Computer Shop”.
And, yes, I’m biased. I once bought a PC from Time. It stopped working after a couple of months and no amount of shouting at their support people would get it fixed. It’s still sitting dead in my study. It won’t even boot.