Haven't you always wanted your very own personal desktop information terminal? With a 9″ monochrome monitor? That requires a $15-an-hour text-only information service to use to its fullest? For the same price as a full-fledged PC? Neither did anybody else, and that's why it was on clearance in 1986.
The XT300 ActionStation came with "$15.00 of free usage" for CompuServe, which, according to the catalog, "will vary between 1 and 2 hours" of connect time "depending on when it's used." This makes the old "100 Hours Free!" AOL offer look like a bargain!
Here's some more info on the GTE XT300, from Communication News, February 1985:
GTE's XT300 ActionStation combines an ASCII terminal with build-in modem and nine-inch high-resolution screen with a full-feature electronic telephone, speaker phone and large-capacity speed dialer. The ActionStation's two-line capability allows simultaneously voice and data transmission, and the unit provides access to a wide range of data transmission and retrieval services, including GTE's Telemail electronic mail service and online public data-base services. A personal directory permits storage of 50 names and telephone numbers, and eight computer sign-on procedures. It also stores 12 frequently used commands, report names and data file names of up to 36 characters.
[ Scanned from a COMB Catalog, ca. 1986 ]
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