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Mobile broadband carriers subsidizing netbook prices may be old hat in Europe and Asia, but in the US if you want to use your netbook with a 3G wireless connection you typically have to pay full price for the computer and the wireless plan. But now there are two ways to get broadband-enabled netbooks at discount prices.

Last month Acer, AT&T and Radio Shack began offering  an Acer Aspire One netbook for $99 when you sign up for a 2-year AT&T service contract. Now you can get a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 for the same price when you sign up for the same 2-year AT&T service contract. 

Over two years, that means you’ll wind up paying more than $1500 for the netbook, but if you were going to sign up for a 3G wireless plan anyway it could be a good deal.

And more importantly, we’re starting to see US carriers subsidize netbook prices the same way they do cellphone prices, which means cheaper mini-laptops.

via Eee PC.net

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