For those of us, who were waiting for the next big thing after iPhone, waiting seems to be over. AT&T has shattered all barriers for Laptop prices. 50 dollar laptop is here.
On Wednesday, at a trade show in Las Vegas, AT&T folks announced their plans to expand beyond their traditional market of cell phones and smart phones. Initially they would be test marketing the new range of laptops and netbooks at selected company stores in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
As cell phone market is starting to saturate, Wireless carriers around US are looking for ways to expand into other gadgets. AT&T’s decision to subsidize the price of laptops and netbooks is a move in same direction.
If you are an AT&T customers, you will be able to get a netbook for just $50 when they sign up for a 2-year Home DSL + Wireless broadband contract. It is interesting to note that the cheapest plan you can choose to buy in this deal is $60 per month. This data plan adds $1,440 to the cost of your netbook over two years, but if you already plan to purchase wireless data, then it can obviously be a good deal.
For those who only wish to buy wireless broadband service the cost of netbook will be $100. which is still many times cheaper than the actual price of netbook at retail store. There is also an option of getting a more expensive laptop as well. For example, Lenovo X850 that retails for above $1200 is available for only $850 under this deal. Other laptops and netbooks that you can get under this promotion include Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, and LG Xenia netbooks–as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 , all at subsidized prices.
It is not the first time when an internet provider has subsidized the price of laptop or a computer. In Europe, it’s already common for phone companies to subsidize computers with wireless access. There are reports out there that other wireless carriers like Verizon will soon follow suit and offer similar products. They are playing the wait and see game.