Verizon Follows AT(and)T with $200 USD Netbook
Following in the footsteps of AT&T, which is currently selling a 3G equipped netbook—the Acer Aspire One—in its stores, Verizon has come up with its own answer.
Apparently, HP isn’t the only company selling a 3G equipped Mini 1000. On Thursday Verizon announced that it, too, will sell a version of the Mini this Sunday in Verizon Wireless stores or at verizonwireless.com; only its version—the HP Mini 1151NR—will come with the company’s embedded 3G wireless and costs only $200.
Like all too-good-to-be-true deals, the $200 offer comes with two catches: First, you’ll have to put up $250 up front, before a $50 mail-in-rebate is reimbursed to you in the form of debit card, sent to you at a later date.
Second, you’ll have to sign up for a 2-year Mobile Broadband plan, where there are several options: There’s a $39.99 monthly access for a 250 MB monthly allowance, plus a 10 cents-per-megabyte overage fee; or a $59.99 monthly access plan with a 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents-per-megabyte overage fee. And then there’s Verizon’s day pass, which allows access to its networks on a per day basis, for $15.
But that’s not all. Global travelers have the option of purchasing the GlobalAccess plan, which offers a 100 MB allowance in more than 30 select international destinations ($0.005/KB after the allowance), as well as a 5-GB allowance for the U.S. and Canada and $0.25/MB overage. All other destinations are charged pay-per-use rates.
In case you’re wondering which carriers are supported internationally, the Mini 1151R is equipped with Qualcomm’s embedded Gobi chipset, which provides access to both CDMA and GSM networks. Customers will get a SIM card when they sign up for a Global Access plan. This particular plan starts at $130 per month. If you don’t get the Global Access plan, the 1151NR will use an EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) embedded modem instead.
The 1151NR is standard for a netbook. It’s configured with the Intel Atom N270 (1.6-GHz) processor and 1 GB of memory. The 80-GB standard hard drive is half the capacity of those found in the Asus eeePC 1000HE and the Samsung N120 (12PBK). And while its peers are shipping with 6-cell batteries, the 1151NR has only a 3-cell battery. By our estimations, you’ll get between 2-3 hours of battery life with the smaller battery.