T-Mobile USA could be sidling into the netbook market alongside competitors Verizon and AT&T, according to blog TmoNews. The new entrant to the netbook arena is expected to offer the Dell Mini 10 netbook by the end of March this year. The Dell Mini 10 has historically been sold by both AT&T and Sprint Nextel.
T-Mobile has been working hard to climb ranks in network buildout and 3G access, despite trailing behind bigger names. It’s making up the difference by deploying an HSPA+ nework upgrade. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, T-Mobile announced that its first HSPA+ device, webConnect Rocket Laptop Stick, will be available this March.
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T-Mobile is getting in the mix as 2008 ends by introducing its netbook/mobile broadband program. It should be a big competitor in the growing ‘netbook bundle’ market.
They will be giving out ASUS Eee PC 904HD netbooks, USB modem sticks, 3 GB monthly fair use amount, 200 free texts, and cheap Wi-Fi access with the purchase of a 24 month contract. If you’re in the market for that kind of thing this has to look unbelievably attractive. Download speed for the netbooks is around 4.5 mbps.
The particular model they’re offering has ” 8.9-widescreen display, an Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, a 80GB HDD, WiFi, a card reader, Windows XP Home and a webcam.” T-Mobile is also expected to launch two similar models soon, but we don’t know if they’ll be laptops or netbooks.
The kicker? Acer, which has been leading the netbook market so far, got replaced by ASUS because it failed to supply enough netbooks. The only other open mobile phone network without a netbook package is O2.