The Datawind Ubisurfer isn’t exactly the most impressive looking netbok. It’s got a small 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a rather larger bezel around the screen, and a keyboard with an awkwardly placed right-shift key. But there is one thing that makes this little netbook stand out. When you pony up £159, or about $259 US for the netbook, you get 30 hours a month of free internet access over the built-in GPRS modem with a Vodafone SIM card.
That free internet access is available only in the UK, but there are roaming rates of 5p/minute elsewhere in Europe and the US. I think that’s about 8 cents a minute, US. Users that aren’t happy with the 30 hour/month limit can upgrade to an unlimited plan for £5.99 ($9.76) per month.
The Ubisurfer has 128MB of RAM, 1GB of flash storage, and features a Linux-based operating system. You can also get online using 802.11b/g WiFi. The netbook has 3 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks, and weighs 1.8 pounds. It measures 8.7″ x 6.5″ x 1.2″ and includes a web browser, word processor, PDF viewer, and other software.
Check out Pocket Lint for some hands-on photos of the netbook.
Update: Gearlog reports that the UbiSurfer will be available in the US this October for $199. The US version will include a CDMA module and 30 hours a month of free internet access for 1 year. via Engadget
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