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Why Subnotebooks Will Soon Cost $99

CWmike (1292728) writes | about 6 years ago

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CWmike writes "Mike Elgan predicts that subnotebooks/netbooks like the Asus Eee PC, the Dell Mini 9 and the HP 2133 Mini-Note will soon cost as little as $99. The catch? You'll need to commit to a two-year mobile broadband contract. The low cost will come courtesy of a subsidy identical to the one you already get with your cell phone. It's likely that HP (reported to be talking) is working with AT&T, which announced a major strategic shift a couple of weeks ago that should result in AT&T stores selling nonphone gadgets that can take advantage of mobile broadband, including netbooks. What's more interesting is that low income and cheapskate buyers are starting to use iPhones as replacements or substitutes for netbook, notebook and even desktop PCs. Mike's take: A very large number of people are increasingly looking to buy a single device — or, at least, subscribe to a single wireless account — for all their computing and communications needs, and at the lowest possible price."
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Cheapskates (2, Informative)

lagomorpha2 (1376475) | about 6 years ago | (#25591863)

"What's more interesting is that low income and cheapskate buyers are starting to use iPhones as replacements or substitutes for netbook, notebook and even desktop PCs." Cheapskates? Last I checked an iPhone cost more than my desktop and EEE netbook combined. And that's efore you factor in how much extra your phone bill will be. Guess that shows who the real cheapskate is.
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