Want to know how to make a cheap notebook even cheaper? Bundle it with a 3G broadband modem and get a wireless provider to subsidize the price you pay up front for the computer. European and Asian mobile carriers have been offering discounted netbooks like the Acer Aspire One and Asus Eee PC for months, but US shoppers have been out of luck so far.
Now Engadget reports that Radio Shack and AT&T may be preparing to offer to an Acer Aspire One netbook for just $99.99 when you sign up for a 2-year service plan. It’s worth noting that the plan costs $60 a month, which means that this $99.99 netbook will actually set you back $1540 over the course of two years. But if you were planning on getting a wireless broadband plan anyway, this deal might be worth checking out.
The netbook would come with 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, an 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display and runs Windows XP. If you don’t sign up for the service contract you’ll end up paying $499.99 for the netbook, which seems like a lot of money for an Acer Aspire One until you consider the fact that this model includes a built in 3G modem.