While Intel likes to call the current crop of tiny laptops “netbooks,” to indicate that they’re ideal for use as portable internet terminals, for the most part you need to find a WiFi hotspot or Ethernet cable if you want to actually, you know, connect to the net. But we’re starting to see wireless carriers offer netbooks with 3G modems and data plans. The latest entrant? T-Mobile. At the IFA show in Berlin, the company issued a release saying that it would begin bundling a 3G modem with the Asus Eee PC 901.
There aren’t a ton of details available at the moment. So we don’t know how much the computer or data plan will cost. But while I doubt T-Mobile plans to offer an Eee PC 901 for free with a wireless plan (unless it’s a really expensiv plan), the company could decide to subsidize the price of the laptop and offer customers a deep discount. Or maybe T-Mobile will just offer 3G access for a monthly fee and leave it at that.