Microsoft may be losing money on low-cost netbooks with low-cost Windows XP licenses, but some companies are benefiting from the popularity of cheap mini-laptops. Reuters reports that Radio Shack, which has been selling netbooks from Acer and other companies bundled with wireless service plans, reported a quarterly profit that was higher than expected.
The company’s profits aren’t entirely due to increased sales of netbooks, cellphones, and television sets. The company also cut costs in response to economic pressures. The company spent less on advertising and administrative expenses, among other things. But the news does go to show that there are definitely some companies making money off of netbooks, even if the devices have lower profit margins than many other computers.