It looks like we can add the Toshiba NB205 to the growing list of netbooks that are available from US wireless carriers. While neither Verizon nor AT&T list the NB205 on their web sites, jkOnTheRun reports that Best Buy sent out a flyer this weekend advertising that you can get the mini-laptop at a discount price when you sign up for a 2-year contract with either of those carrier (or Sprint, which doesn’t seem to have a netbook section on its web site).
The Toshiba NB205 typically runs about $399, but for some reason Best Buy is now selling the unsubsidized version of the netbook for $499.99 (probably to make the subsidies look better. For $299.99 you can get the laptop with an HSPA modem and an AT&T contract. $229.99 gets you the Verizon or Sprint version with an integrated EVDO modem.
Keep in mind, while you’re knocking $100 – $200 off the up front price, you will wind up committing to paying $40 to $60 per month for the next two years to get these deals. If you were planning on signing up for a 3G contract anyway, that’s no big deal. If you weren’t, then you’d better decide whether it’s worth paying nearly $1500 over the next 2 years to to save $100 today.
Of course, that 3G modem is probably worth about $100 too. But it wouldn’t be much use without the service plan.
This particular Toshiba NB205 model ships with Windows XP and not Windows 7.