$99 Netbooks In Your Future

$99 Netbooks In Your Future

From pre-paid calling cards to minute plans with so-called "free phones", sometimes it's painfully obvious that, although we hate to admit it here, it's not always completely about the hardware.  More than a few industry analyst have predicted that the mainstream PC of tomorrow will be nothing more than a thin client connected to the "grid" for services and applications.  Now, Computerworld's Mike Elgan ruminates about what will likely be the new frontier for affordable, mobile computing; the $99 Netbook with a "plan"...

"Subnotebooks like the Asus Eee PC, the Dell Mini 9 and the HP 2133 Mini-Note will soon cost as little as $99. The catch? You'll need to commit to a two-year mobile broadband contract. The low cost will come courtesy of a subsidy identical to the one you already get with your cell phone."

And this release
PR Newswire release for AT&T details that Lenovo, Ericson and AT&T have indeed inked a deal that will bring a similar business model to market very soon...

"Under the agreement, AT&T's 3G service -- the nation's fastest 3G network -- is available on a full range of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks, which come factory-equipped with Ericsson built-in mobile broadband modules that are enabled for AT&T LaptopConnect. The service provides extensive broadband access both domestically and internationally.

All three of the ThinkPad SL notebooks and all notebooks in Lenovo's T and X series are included in the offering. Customers who purchase the ThinkPad notebooks with the embedded mobile broadband and establish an account with AT&T will receive 30 days of free AT&T DataConnect service.  The notebooks are sold directly through http://www.lenovo.com."

Technologies like Intel's low power, low cost Atom processor and VIA's Nano CPU have certainly brought the cost model down but it appears a mobile broadband service contract might help take things down a notch or two as well.

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Sounds good, but I bet the early-termination fee is a killer!

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Yep and you have to sign a 5 YEAR deal, along with giving your first born or left arm should you be without children.

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5 YEARS?!?!  ouch.

 

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Dave_HH:

Yep and you have to sign a 5 YEAR deal, along with giving your first born or left arm should you be without children.

That thing would not be worth anything in 5 yearsConfused

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I was thinking the exact same thing: For them to do this, they either have to give you a netbook that's so thin on features that it will be more useful as a door stop in two years, or jack the service costs up through the roof.

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Betcha didn't know Super Heroes could preempt the news story!

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Able to leap tall news postings in a single bound:  Check.

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Perhaps only happens during a server time change!

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OMG Superdave. Funniest posts ever.

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Most likely AT&T's notebook would have no ethernet port (because they only want you to connect to the net with their paid service) and no way of using any wireless device except AT&T's built-in device (which, you guessed it, only connects to the AT&T network).

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