AT&T and Radio Shack make the $100 netbook official

A few days ago an ad leaked out suggesting that Radio Shack and AT&T would soon be offering a subsidized Acer Aspire One netbook for just $99.99 when you sign up for a 2 year service plan. Now the two companies have gone and made it official.

While  Dell and HP both offer customers the option of configuring netbooks with a 3G broadband modem, you have to pay extra for that option and sign up for a service plan to activate your wireless service. But Acer, AT&T and Radio Shack are the first companies to offer a subsidized netbook in the US. 

Keep in mind, AT&T will charge you $60 per month for broadband wireless service, which means this $100 laptop will actually cost you more than $1500 over the course of two years. The Radio Shack offer is good from December 14th through December 24th, and includes a black Aspire One model with a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP, and a built in 3G modem.

You can read more about the Acer Aspire One in the Liliputing Product Database.

  • Bernard Cawley

    I wonder what they would do with this and existing AT&T customers….I may have to go and find out. I already have an AspireOne but of course it doesn't have a cellular card in it. I also am already an AT&T customer (and as about to pull the trigger on an iPhone). Verrrrry interesting, this.

  • Adam

    I'm assuming this is going to come with the 6 cell battery but I haven't seen a confirmation of it anywhere. I really wish they would tell us.

  • steve shutt

    But hey, you can buy just the netbook without the plan too.

    Its only… $499. Which is about 210$ than I paid for my Acer One about a month ago.

    I think I now understand why Radio Shack doesnt exist in Canada anymore… never bought anything more than some wires or plugs there, the electronics prices were always nuts.

  • Andy Norris

    steve,

    In fairness, the netbook includes a 3G modem, so it's inevitably going to cost a little more without a plan. Probably not $200+, but that's some of the price hike anyway.

  • Adam

    I'm assuming this is going to come with the 6 cell battery but I haven't seen a confirmation of it anywhere. I really wish they would tell us.

  • steve shutt

    But hey, you can buy just the netbook without the plan too.

    Its only… $499. Which is about 210$ than I paid for my Acer One about a month ago.

    I think I now understand why Radio Shack doesnt exist in Canada anymore… never bought anything more than some wires or plugs there, the electronics prices were always nuts.

  • Andy Norris

    steve,

    In fairness, the netbook includes a 3G modem, so it's inevitably going to cost a little more without a plan. Probably not $200+, but that's some of the price hike anyway.