HP is now offering US customers the option of adding an internal mobile broadband modem to their HP Mini 1000 orders. The modem will work with AT&T or Verizon’s wireless broadband networks. But it costs $199, which is significantly more expensive than the broadband $125 AT&T broadband modem Dell offers for the Inspiron Mini 9, especially when you realize that AT&T will reimburse you for $120 of the purchase price when you sign up for a service plan. There’s no indication on HP’s site that AT&T or Verizon are subsidizing the cost of the modem.
You also need to configure your HP Mini 1000 to have the 60GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM in order to purchase the modem, which drives the price up further. In other words, while the HP Mini 1000 has a base price of $399, you have to pay at least $650 to get a model with a 3G modem.
In related news, if you already purchased an HP Mini 1000 or want to buy a new one and don’t want to spend an extra $300 to get 3G connectivity, jkkmobile has posted a video demonstrating how you can add your own HSDPA modem to this netbook.
You can read more about the HP Mini 1000 in the Liliputing Product Database.
I got one when it first came out and it’s still going on strong.
You get the feeling HP doesn’t wnat to be in the Netbook marketplace. They want to be in the subnotebook marketplace. They don’t expect people to buy their $399 unit, they expect to draw suckers in, and then “upsell” a $500 or $700 unit…with some $200 worth of accessories as well.
Any Netbooks compnay that is giving two dozen congfig options isn’t going to give you a good deal. Their base unit will be under powered and they unit they really sell you will be over priced because they have to custom build it. And, then they need you to buy accessories (colored mice, keybaords, headphones, routers/access points, printers) you don’t need to cover their costs. Give me a Coby unit in a blister pack from Rite-Aid any day over this boondoggle HP is presenting.
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