If you want to buy something IBM then speak to IBM. The package you refer to is not the only one around that is a 3270 emulator - try google. Some are free some require a small 'donation'. I do not know how much a userid would cost - or even if such are available. Have you tried reading this part of the forum? I know of one place that has free access but they are not taking new applications.
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Hello Bal Mukund,
Are you looking for some software to connect to a mainframe somewhere (as yet undetermined) or are you looking for access to an environment so you can practice "working on a mainframe"? There is VERY big difference.
A 3270-emulator is code that acts like the original 3270 hardware device (which is the most common for TSO, CICS, etc. When an emulator is run on the pc, it must have a connection to a "mainframe".
If you want to practice working on a mainframe and you have some time and patience, i'd suggest you look at Hercules (as Anuj mentioned). The more familiar with the IBM mainframe, the better the installaton will go for you. Hercules will let you run "a mainframe" directly on your pc and you can connect to it.