Cellphone operators around the globe have now been offering up
WWAN-enabled netbooks for months now, and while AT&T has been
in the United States with HP's 2133 Mini-Note, Verizon
Wireless is hoping to grab some of that excitement here soon.
Essentially, carriers are selling netbooks for even less than retail;
the catch is that you have to agree to stick to that bundled 3G data
plan for a full two years. In other words, the netbook ends up costing
you far more in the long run, but you do get a cash discount up front
along with 24 months of mobile internet everywhere you (and your
Now, we're being told that Verizon, now America's largest wireless
carrier, is expected to begin selling a subsidized netbook "as early as
next quarter." We're told that customers (or prospective customers, as
the case may be) will be able to choose from more than one 3D-equipped
netbook, and while pricing and plan details aren't quite hammered out
just yet, we fully expect them to be mighty competitive.
So, would a netbook
be more enticing to you if it cost you under $100 up front, yet came tethered to a two-year data contract?