Gateway LT2016u Netbook Comes To Verizon For $150 On Contract

Gateway LT2016u Netbook Comes To Verizon For $150 On Contract

We've known since late March that Verizon Wireless was thinking hard about offering subsidized netbooks that ran on its data network, and while it has been offering a single model for a few months now, this is probably the most attractive one yet to find its way into a carrier store.

Gateway's LT2016u is the first Gateway of any kind to snake into a VZW store, and the built-in Verizon WWAN module probably has something to do with that. Starting this Sunday (10/04), EV-DO lovers looking for a new machine to bring along on the road can skate on into a VZW store to pick one up, but don't expect any discounts without a hefty 2-year contract.

As with most netbooks, this one also sports a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, a 10.1" WSVGA display, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 6-cell battery, multi-media card reader, a 0.3MP webcam, Wi-Fi, a USB 2.0 socket and two stereo speakers. The good news is that it'll only cost you $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate; the bad news is that you're stuck with the same netbook for the next two years. Makes the decision that much tougher, huh?



Available color: Chassis color is Night Sky Black

Lifestyle features:

  • 10.1-inch high-definition WSVGA LED backlit display that is large enough to easily view multiple windows and Web sites
  • Comfortable to hold and easy to transport, the Gateway LT2016u fits neatly into a purse or backpack and is fashionable with its modern silver trim accents
  • Comes with an extended 6-cell battery that provides battery life of up to six hours
  • Uses the Intel® Atom(TM) N270 processor that promotes power efficiency to deliver excellent mobile performance and wireless connectivity on the go
  • Well-equipped with a full 1 GB of memory, 160 GB of hard drive space, and a digital media card reader

Key specifications:

  • 10.1-inch SD 1024 x 600 resolution TFT LCD
  • Intel Atom N270 processor (1.60 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • 1 GB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM
  • 160 GB hard disk drive
  • Multi-in-one card reader: SD, MMC, RS-MMC, Memory Stick, MS Pro, and XD
  • Optimized Dolby Headphone technology and two built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in digital microphone
  • Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam
  • Wireless broadband connectivity: 3G
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
  • Ports: USB 2.0, headphone out, microphone in, Ethernet, and VGA
  • Dimension/Weight: 10.17" (w) x 7.24" (d) x 1.03" (h); 2.95 lbs.
  • 6-cell battery
  • Windows XP Home Edition

Price and availability:

  • The Gateway LT2016u will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Oct. 4 for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • Customers can select from various price plans for Mobile Broadband access:
    • $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage
    • $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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Nice idea, but the 2 year contract kills it. No reason to pay that much for this underpowered, overpriced offering.

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