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AT&T Offers New 3G/DSL Bundle
As they start selling netbooks, laptops in stores
by Karl Bode 02:05PM Wednesday Apr 01 2009
Calling the economics "terrific," AT&T is already offering subsidized netbooks by both Aspire and Dell, with the goal of locking customers into long-term 3G data contracts. According to a company announcement, the carrier is going to expand their efforts into selling both "mini-laptops" (netbooks to anyone under 70) and more expensive laptops in their stores -- starting in Philadelphia and Atlanta. AT&T is offering visitors to those stores subsidized netbooks/laptops for as low as $50, provided you sign up for their new "Internet at Home and On the Go" plan:
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Mini laptops available in AT&T stores include the Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, and LG Xenia. Promotional prices range from $49.99 to $249.99 with the purchase of an AT&T Internet at Home and On the Go plan, which includes an AT&T DataConnect plan and AT&T Fast Access DSL, starting at $59.95 per month. Without those AT&T services, these mini laptops range in price from $449.99 to $599.99.
$60 (plus fees and taxes) for both a 1.5Mbps residential DSL line and HSDPA connection isn't awful, though the 200MB monthly cap on the 3G half of the equation limits the bundle's value. Of course customers get access to AT&T's ever growing (20,000+) family of hotspot locations, should you need to access, well, a real file. You also have the option of skipping the DSL bundle offer and buying 5GB/month of HSDPA connectivity for the standard $60 per month.

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en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

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Would be good... except for the 200MB cap.

200MB cap is useless for a laptop.
Lets assume that I telecommute, or work on the road.
A 3G/DSL bundle WOULD be good.
A 200MB cap is rediculous.
This isn't WAP data we're talking about.
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hullboy
Premium
join:2000-12-21
Oakland, CA

Re: Would be good... except for the 200MB cap.

I agree about the 200MB cap on the 3G side. That is pretty low. Looks like AT&T is banking on the old voice sales model: "We'll get 'em on overages!"
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Yeah, 200 MB is ridiculous. A few-minute YouTube video is 10 MB. I can hit 200 MB surfing on my smartphone in a month.

DarkLogix
Texan and Proud
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join:2008-10-23
Baytown, TX
kudos:3
is it just me or do I smell April 1st?

wifi4milez
Big Russ, 1918 to 2008. Rest in Peace

join:2004-08-07
New York, NY
said by en102:

200MB cap is useless for a laptop.
Lets assume that I telecommute, or work on the road.
A 3G/DSL bundle WOULD be good.
A 200MB cap is rediculous.
This isn't WAP data we're talking about.
I agree, 200MB is too low for a computer (as opposed to a cell phone). I think the idea of the bundle is a great idea, however it should come with the standard 5GB of data.
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When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
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88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re: Would be good... except for the 200MB cap.

said by wifi4milez:

said by en102:

200MB cap is useless for a laptop.
Lets assume that I telecommute, or work on the road.
A 3G/DSL bundle WOULD be good.
A 200MB cap is rediculous.
This isn't WAP data we're talking about.
I agree, 200MB is too low for a computer (as opposed to a cell phone). I think the idea of the bundle is a great idea, however it should come with the standard 5GB of data.
Even 5 GB is a joke. That's what maybe 3 movies downloaded from Amazon or about 15 minutes of Hulu a day.

JasonOD

@comcast.net
Get real. Were you really expecting 5gigs on the $60 bundle? Stockholders were pissed enough with the $10 DSL 'giveaway' when they acquired BS. They sure as heck weren't going to put up with ATT cannibalizing the existing 5gig plan.
AquaSport
California - Sun, Surf, Traffic Jams

join:2007-05-03
California
would be good... if the 3G actually worked reliably in large metropolitan areas!
touchtone561

join:2007-12-10
Lake Worth, FL

Can't wait to see the Roaming Bill, but....

Besides a great market for soon to be "unlocked" netbooks, the really cool tech will be GPS enhanced Netbook recovery, in case your machine is lost or stolen.

That would be a feature that they could sell.

And what about some real usage cap tiers?

500 MB, 2.5 GB, 5GB, 15 GB.

jhebert121

join:2002-06-03
Traskwood, AR

1 recommendation

cheap at best buy no contract

You can get the Acer Aspire One Notebook at Best Buy for $299.99.

»www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp···49844243

fatmanskinny
Premium
join:2004-01-04
Wandering

The headline I see is....

We are AT&T and we don't know what the fucnk we are doing!
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

1 recommendation

200mb just hope that your windows updates are less then that

200mb just hope that your windows updates are less then that per mouth much less have anything left over.
megatron266
Premium
join:2007-08-11
Miami, FL

Re: 200mb just hope that your windows updates are less then that

True True I would turn off my auto updates when on wireless to avoid the auto downloads.