From our "no free lunch" department, Radio Shack offers the interesting Acer Aspire mini-notebook with built in 3G broadband connectivity for $99. That's a hefty $250 savings off the regular Aspire, and it has broadband wireless built-in As with a cell phone, this deal requires a 2 year contract. At $60 per month for the 3G broadband, the real total cost is $1539 for the first two years. If you want wireless broadband that's pretty much the deal, but it is a pricey lunch in the end.
Here's the full press release:
For Immediate Release
RadioShack Introduces 3G Netbook Utilizing AT&T's Mobile Broadband Service to Help People Stay Connected
Innovative portable notebook technology for $99.99 when combined with qualifying AT&T mobile broadband service
FORT WORTH, Texas – December 11, 2008 – Starting Dec. 14, RadioShack Corporation (NYSE: RSH) becomes the first major U.S. retailer to offer an ultra-lightweight, mobile netbook Internet device with integrated 3G wireless technology. Netbooks, designed to fulfill people's growing needs for mobile access to Internet applications, are widely expected to be a hot growth area for the computer industry. The unique combination of technologies created for this launch to help people stay connected enhances RadioShack's reputation for offering innovative solutions at affordable prices.
The Acer Aspire one netbook is priced at $99.99 for customers who sign up for a qualifying two-year AT&T DataConnect mobile broadband service agreement with plans starting at $60 a month. Once activated, this netbook allows people to easily access the Internet anywhere within AT&T's wireless network. The offer is available in 4,400 RadioShack company-operated stores through Dec. 24. Prices may vary outside the continental U.S. See stores or visit www.RadioShack.com for complete offer details.
"Many people internationally are already enjoying the portability, on-the-go connectivity and affordability of this emerging new technology," said Peter Whitsett, RadioShack's executive vice president – merchandising. "We are proud to introduce this concept in the U.S. by offering a netbook with integrated 3G functionality in addition to full Wi-Fi capability.
"RadioShack is offering this innovative technology solution at a very attractive price through our collaboration with Acer and AT&T," he continued. "Helping people stay connected during these challenging economic times illustrates our continued commitment to meeting their personal technology needs affordably."
The lightweight, 2.44-pound netbook includes 1GB memory, 160GB hard drive, built-in memory card readers and Windows XP software that supports the portable connectivity needs of commuters, students, travellers and mobile professionals. This allows everyone to keep in touch via email, participate in social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, use the built-in Web cam and crystal-clear LCD screen for video conferencing with family, friends and business associates, conduct online research, and a host of other online functions.
The Acer Aspire one 3G netbook comes equipped with the following features: