The Gateway LT2016U is basically an Acer Aspire One D250 dressed up in Gateway clothing. And that makes sense, since Acer owns Gateway. Both machines have your typical netbook specs including a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard drives. And they both come in the same chassis.
But one thing that sets the LT2016U apart from the Acer Aspire One D250 is the fact that the Gateway model will be available next weekend from Verizon. The US telecom will offer the netbook with an integrated 3G modem and subsidize the price for customers who sign up for a long term 3G data plan.
According to Engadget, the netbook will cost $500 if you want to buy it outright, $320 if you sign up for a 1 year service contract, and $250 if you sign onto a 2 year service plan. There’s also a $100 mail-in rebate, which brings the price down to $150 for users who sign up for 2 years of service.
Of course, if you wind up paying $60/month over the next two years that netbook’s really going to set you back $1590, not $150. But if you were planning on getting a 3G plan anyway it might be worth it.