Aug 14 2009

Verizon Amends 2-for-1 BlackBerry Plan To Include Netbooks

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Verizon Wireless has a new deal available where consumers can get a second BlackBerry for every one purchased. Customers can also choose a device of equal or lesser value, which means that Verizon’s cheapest netbook, the HP Mini 1151NR, counts.

Also available will be the Intelligent Mobile HotSpot, Verizon’s battery-powered 3G modem with a Wi-Fi access point for up to five gadgets. It is $199.99, equal to the cost of a BlackBerry.

Naturally, consumers are required to sign up for a two-year contract to benefit from the deal.

Via PCWorld.

Aug 7 2009

Qwest Communications Joins Telecoms in Subsidized Netbook Plans

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So with all this (successful) competition between existing telecom companies (especially AT&T and Verizon) in selling subsidized netbooks with monthly data plans, Qwest Communications thought it would jump in and grab a piece of the action.

This high-speed Internet company will offer the 10″ Dell Inspiron Mini netbook at the subsidized price of $199. Customers will be able to choose between 3 different data plans: 7 Mpbs, 12 Mpbs, and 20 Mpbs. This offer was launched on August 1st and is planned on continuing through September 30th.

As a side note, AT&T’s subsidized netbook and data plan packages were so successful that the company is rumored to soon be extending the program to the rest of the United States.

Via eWeek.

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Jun 22 2009

Verizon Announces Free Netbook and Camcorder Deals

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For a limited time, customers signing up with Verizon‘s FiOS Internet bundle with a connection of 25 Mbits/15 Mbits or higher, FiOS TV Extreme HD, or FiOS Essentials will get the choice of a free Compaq Mini netbook or a Flip Ultra camcorder.

To get in on the deal you need to sign up for service by August 15 and activate by September 30. Verizon will send the device if you have no overdue bills for 60 days, while tacking on a one-year service contract and a $120 cancellation fee.

The second option is signing up for a triple broadband bundle of FiOS internet with a 15/5 Mbit or higher connection, FiOS TV Essentials and the Freedom Essentials voice service get a Flip Ultra camcorder for free or the option to buy the $299.99 netbook for a mere $99.99.

If you use DSL instead, the free netbook/camcorder promo can be enacted by customers signing up for “one-year, double- or triple-play DSL bundles that includes either the 3 Mbits/768 Kbits or 7.1 Mbits/768 Kbits service.”

Verizon’s 10.1-inch Compaq Mini netbook uses an Intel Atom with Windows XP. Verizon will be sending out $299.99 coupons redeemable at HP Home & Home Office, but users need to pay $50 of taxes and shipping.

Via PCMag.

May 26 2009

Footage of the Verizon HP Mini Netbook in Action

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PocketNow just put together a video discussing the performance of the new Verizon HP Mini netbook. They go over system speed as well as the EVDO connection, and touch on subjects including the battery life of the $199 netbook.

Their conclusions? The netbook is great, but considering battery lags and some slower connections, it could definitely be better. Check out the video below.

Via PocketNow.

May 17 2009

Verizon’s HP Mini Netbook Hits The Market

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Verizon has just released its subsidized HP Mini netbook, featuring international data access.

It has all sorts of new connectivity tricks in store, including “Qualcomm’s GOBI tri-mode EVDO/UMTS/GSM/EDGE 3G modem with dual-band EVDO Rev. A, quadband GSM/EDGE and triband HSPA access with US 3G support.”

Furthermore, the new Verizon HP Mini has a generally standard setup – the 1.6 GHz Atom N270, 1 GB RAM with a 2 GB option, and a 10.1-inch display. The 80 GB hard drive is a pain, but with Windows XP, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and exceptionally low prices it’s hard to complain.

What exactly are those prices? Take a look:

“The HP Mini 1151NR is $519.99 Month-to Month, $349.99 on a 1 year agreement and $249.99 on a 2 year agreement before a $50 instant rebate bringing the totals to $299.99 and $199.99 after selecting either the $40/month or the $60/month data plans which are set at 250 MB and 5 GB monthly access respectively.”

Sounds good so far. Check back soon more on the Verizon notebook, or check out some of our archives on other netbook mobile broadband plans.

Via PhoneNews.

May 9 2009

HP Mini 1151NR Verizon Netbook Coming May 17th

Eight days from now the very first Verizon netbook is coming to to town, bearing an HP logo and flashy features to boot. Take a look:

Verizon Netbook

The HP Mini 1151NR is to be launched the same day as the Verizon MiFi personal hotspot. We don’t know pricing just yet, but rumors put it at $199 post-rebate with a 2-year contract. The monthly fees are a bummer, at around $40-$60/month, but consumers happy enough with current netbook plans should be compatiable with the new setup.

More info as we have it.

Via BoyGeniusReport.

Apr 20 2009

ASK NBB #2: 3G Netbooks

Today we’ll be focusing on something that seems to be on everyone’s mind – 3G netbooks. I’ve gotten several emails asking about the matter, so today’s ASK NBB hopes to conquer the question once and for all.

QUESTION:

“I’m curious about 3G netbooks. Could you tell me about some netbook models that use 3G and what the future of 3G is for the industry? And what is the best mobile broadband plan for netbooks?

Thanks a lot!”

Steve M.

ANSWER:

I’m glad you asked, Steve. Since the release of the iPhone 3G the usefulness of the feature has been demonstrated in the hands of everyone lucky enough to get their hands on one. Adding 3G to netbooks makes them truly wireless tools, released from the bounds of the internet you’re getting at home or at work.

With 3G capability, you can use your netbook as a GPS system in the car, for last-minute work during a morning train commute, or while relaxing in a park far from Wi-Fi access. Sounds pretty good. So what netbooks out there will get you 3G?

Recent weeks have brought a horde of new 3G netbook releases, with both the Neo 101 and 720p Dell Mini 10 being released in the past few days alone. Lenovo also updated its virulently successful IdeaPad line with a new 3G netbook just four days ago.

The swift gains in 3G netbooking are no surprise – China Mobile, a 3G wireless provider, recently partnered with six other netbook manufacturers in order to spread 3G far and wide. The Dell Mini 10 was a product of that union, and with manufacturers “Lenovo, Founder Technology, Tsinghua Tongfang, Haier Group, [and] Hewlett-Packard” on board as well it’s looking like China Mobile’s netbook 3G is going to get very big very quickly.

So what about mobile broadband plans for netbooks? The main contenders are Verizon, which plans to subsidize the HP Mini 1000 according to a recent leak, and AT&T, which intends to offer a wide variety of netbooks including the Dell Mini 9 for as little as $49.99 nationwide.

It’s hard to say which plan is better – the cheap netbooks are a huge bonus, but both plans can get quite pricey as one unfortunate Oklahoma woman recently learned. I can’t give you a definitive answer about which to choose, but be sure to take into account more than just the initial cost of the netbook or the monthly rate – many mobile broadband companies charge extra fees for going above storage allowances, which could end up punishing your wallet if you aren’t careful.

In the end, 3G is an extremely useful feature which has become more and more widespread in the very recent past. It won’t be long before nearly all netbooks come with 3G, and if I may say so myself, that sounds pretty damn good.

Good luck to you, and as always, happy netbooking!

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Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how! Be sure to check out our first ASK NBB for some guidance on buying a new netbook.

Apr 19 2009

Verizon To Subsidize HP Mini 1000 Netbooks

A recent leak by Verizon is suggesting that the cellular provider is thinking of subsidizing HP Mini 1000 netbooks for its 3G mobile broadband plans in the near future.HP Mini 1000

The document in question is an employee training manual which features the Mini 1000 netbook in a variety of upcoming plans. The netbook, which has a massive keyboard, 10.1-inch display and 80 GB HDD, runs XP and has a traditional 1.6 GHz processor.

This is as much info on the leak as we have for the time being, but check back soon for updates.

Via CheapLaptops.

Mar 29 2009

Verizon Begins 3G Netbook Plan

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Yesterday Verizon announced that it intends to begin a netbook program, selling 3G-capable netbooks by June this year. Verizon isn’t new to netbooks, offering a huge rebate on Sony Vaio P netbooks back in February.

Rumors circulating say that the netbook of choice will be the HP Mini 1000 netbook, the approximately $330 machine famous for the flashy Vivienne Tam edition released a while back. The netbook will go for a mere $99 in Verizon stores with the purchase of a 2-year contract.

Be careful, though – some 3G netbook plans have had dire consequences for their subscribers, especially one woman from Oklahoma who got burned with a $5000 bill by AT&T.

Via Wireless and Mobile News.

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