You sign a 2-year contract agreement, you receive a discounted rate. This is something that has been prevalent in the cell phone market for almost a decade. Now you can get the same type of deal with the next hottest tech-toy, the Netbook! A couple of days ago, E-Commerce Times reported that Radio Shack announced that it would sell their Acer Aspire One Netbooks for $100 provided you sign a 2-year service plan with AT&T for their DataConnect Mobile 3G data service plan. You can read the entire article by clicking here. Similar to the iPhone or iPod touch, mobile browsing on the go is just going to get easier and easier.
These netbooks are gaining some momentum in the marketplace. These "mini-notebooks" are generally small, weighing less than 4 pounds with a 9 - 10" screen. Obviously, this type of device is not for somebody who needs the computing power of a fully-functional desktop/laptop. However, netbooks are able to efficiently bring web surfing, email, and word processing to their owners. It's also ideal for students on the go that just needs to write papers or conduct research online. With the economy taking a turn for the worse, having a low-cost alternative to a fully-functional computer may be a welcome respite for some. As long as the basics are covered (internet, email, word processing), do you think a netbook is a viable tool for your children? For yourself?