The on-line retailer Wirefly has begun offering netbooks with embedded 3G wireless service from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, currently the only two U.S. carriers that support these mini-laptops.
This store has the Acer Aspire One with an 8.9-inch display for $50 with a two-year, $60 per month plan from AT&T, which gets the user 5 GB of data transfers.
Wirefly also has the HP Mini netbook with a 10.1-inch display. This costs $200 with a two-year, $60 per month service contract with Verizon that also includes 5 GB of data.
Both these Windows XP devices offer mobile broadband, allowing users to get a fast, wireless connection to the Internet. Still, 5 GB is only enough for email or light web surfing, so users will likely need to regularly use Wi-Fi.
For more information, visit the Wirefly website.
What’s a Netbook?
Netbooks are inexpensive, entry-level laptop computers that sell for low prices, generally around $500 or less. To reach the lower price point, they offer relatively slow processors, smaller displays, and less Storage than typical notebooks.
They are generally used as second computers for mobile email, web surfing, or social networking.
There are quite a few of these on the market now, offered by a range of companies, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and MSI. With the bad economic conditions prevailing around the world, netbooks are proving to be quite popular because of their low prices.