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AT&T Subsidizes Netbooks

AT&T Subsidizes Netbooks

AT&T is applying a cell phone-like pricing model to netbooks on a trial basis in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Through this offering, you can pick up a netbook for as little as $49.99. Of course, there’s a catch: You’ll need to sign up for one of AT&T’s Internet at Home and On the Go plans in order to get this special pricing offer. AT&T’s netbook offerings currently include the Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 or Mini 12, and LG Xenia.

AT&T’s Internet at Home and On the Go plans include AT&T’s DataConnect and AT&T Fast Access DSL services. Plans start at $59.95 per month. Without the AT&T subsidy, the netbooks generally sell for between $450 and $600.

AT&T didn’t indicate the price for each individual netbook, but the company did say they will range from $49.99 to $249.99. The company will also offer the Lenovo X200 for a subsidized price of $749.99 with the company’s Internet at Home and On the Go plan. Should you prefer AT&T’s DataConnect plan instead, you can pick up the Lenovo X200 for $849.99 with a two-year contract. Users can also opt for only the DataConnect plan with the netbooks, but must pay a higher price for the netbook ($99.99 to $349.99). AT&T is offering two DataConnect plans with this trial. The 200MB plan costs $40 per month, and the 5GB plan runs $60 per month.

Of course, we don’t have to be the first to tell you this offer might not be the steal of the century. After all, the price of the two-year contracts adds up quickly. However, if you’re already thinking of purchasing a data plan for a netbook anyway, you might as well get the hardware for less.

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It's too bad this offer isn't available here in my area because my buddy Art would probably be interested in something like this. Art has an old Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop w/Pentium II 366MHz CPU, 256MB RAM & WinXP. It is really slow, as you can imagine, but it eventually gets the job done. I believe his laptop was made around 1996! The recession has hit Art very hard as a part-time driver for FedEx, sometimes only working 3-4 days a week. This could probably get him into that netbook upgrade that he really needs, but just can't afford to buy outright!

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