In another example of a wireless network provider subsidizing the cost of netbooks, jkOnTheRun has posted a Japanese advertisement showing deals to get cheap netbooks from HP and Dell. The tipster who sent the flyer to the site says the subsidies come to about $370 US when you sign up for a 2 year service contract.
In other words, you can shave about two thirds off the price of the computer by agreeing to pay for an always-on internet service plan. Ultimately this means you’ll wind up spending more cash than you would if you just paid full price for the computer and then stuck to WiFi hotspots. But if you were in the market for a 3G plan anyway this sounds like a pretty good deal.