RadioShack Offers Acer Aspire one for $99

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 12 2008 1:37 PM

You can now pick up the Acer Aspire One netbook for just $99.99 from RadioShack. If you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, you’re right: There’s a catch. Namely, you’ll have to sign up for a lengthy and expensive service contract with AT&T. But hey, if you were going to buy that contract anyway, you might as well enjoy a subsidy on the netbook.


Even though the total package deal is pretty pricy for the average consumer, there are plenty of businesses that see the value in paying for an employee to have high-speed, cellular Internet access at all times. With a subsidized offering such as this from RadioShack, the deal may get a little sweeter in that employees will have an easier time justifying the new device to their boss.


RadioShack, in collaboration with Acer and AT&T, will offer the Acer Aspire one netbook starting December 14. To get the deal, you’ll have to sign up for a qualifying two-year AT&T DataConnect mobile broadband service agreement. Plans start at $60 a month. Once you’ve activated your account, the netbook will provide high-speed Internet access anywhere within AT&T’s wireless network. The netbook isn’t limited to cellular Internet; it also has integrated Wi-Fi.


Acer’s Aspire one 3G netbook is lightweight (weighing just 2.44 pounds), and has 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, Intel Atom processor, and runs on Windows XP. Full specs are as follows:




  • Weighs 2.44 pounds

  • Compact size, measuring 9.8" x 6.7" x 1.1" (W x D x H)

  • Stylish piano-black finish

  • Built-in 3G capability

  • 802.11b/g wireless (Wi-Fi)

  • 8.9-inch LCD screen

  • Built-in Web cam

  • Intel Atom processor

  • Windows XP Home

  • 1GB memory

  • 160GB hard drive

  • Built-in memory card readers (dedicated SD and 5-in-1)

It’s possible this is the first step towards a trend of subsidized connected notebooks, which could be a welcomed offering to many who already subscribe to mobile data services. All in all, if you’re in the market for a new portable unit, want a 3G modem, and are willing to pay for the $60 or so monthly plan, then the Aspire One is definitely worth consideration.




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Jeremy replied on Fri, Dec 12 2008 3:18 PM

The Acer Aspire One with with 160GB HD, 1GB memory, and XP Home lists for $379.99 on NewEgg. As the HH commentary states, that's not a terrible deal if you need aomething with the cellular connectivity.

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Sad The bigger hard drive too. I have a 120GB. I was thinking of signing up for a data plan anyway. Meh that's tech I guess. I just payed $350 for mine.

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tanka12345 replied on Fri, Dec 12 2008 11:36 PM

Great deal, but only if you already were going to use mobile broadband.

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Dec 15 2008 2:23 PM

Let's see $60 * 24 months = $1440 + $99 for the laptop = $1539 wow kinda expensive for a $400 [max] netbook eh?

I bet it costs like $200 to get out of thaty AT&T contract so it would cost like $300 to get the netbook without the contract in which case why not just buy the netbook at its normal price.

 

I bet if you can find the right 3G modem in mini PCIe form factor you can just add it yourself.

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digitaldd:

Let's see $60 * 24 months = $1440 + $99 for the laptop = $1539 wow kinda expensive for a $400 [max] netbook eh?

I bet it costs like $200 to get out of thaty AT&T contract so it would cost like $300 to get the netbook without the contract in which case why not just buy the netbook at its normal price.

 

I bet if you can find the right 3G modem in mini PCIe form factor you can just add it yourself.

There is a panel at the bottom of mine for a 3G modem. Two screws and your in.

 

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Jeremy replied on Tue, Dec 16 2008 10:04 AM

It's not quite that simple. You can't piggyback your netbook onto your existing cellular service using a 3G modem in the netbook. The only way to use a netbook with your existing cellular service is to tether the netbook directly to the phone in some way. In order to use a 3G modem for connectivity, you need a seperate cellular line. It reminds me a bit of the days of dial up, actually.

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Dec 17 2008 8:59 AM

you sure about that. I have a miniPCI card that is a 3g modem technically and an old Compaq Business Notebook NC4000. I have T-mobile unlimited internet from my phone. All i did to use the card was call tmobile and give them the serial numbers so it could connect to the network. yes I could tether or use bluetooth [which this laptop doesn't have] but this was more conveinent for me. no t-mobile 3g on the card as the 1700mhz frequncies do not exist on this aprticular card but it does EDGE fine.

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Jeremy replied on Wed, Dec 17 2008 11:38 AM

Well, I am sure in the sense that I know that's what my current carrier told me when I looked into the possibility 2 years ago. It wouldn't be the first time that they told me a lie to try to trick me into purchasing a more expensive solution however, and cellular service providers seem to be constantly changing what they are and aren't willing to do for their customers. I know it didn't make one damn bit of sense to me at the time, so I'm glad to see at least one company is willing to make it work for their customers.

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