AT&T subsidizes netbooks
Buyers need to subscribe to AT&T's Internet at Home and On the Go plan, both of which start at nearly $60 per month and includes DSL service in a user's home as well as the AT&T DataConnect mobile 3G data and Wi-Fi. Another option is the new DataConnect plan, available in a $40-per-month flavor that offers 200MB of data or a $60-a-month service that gets them 5GB of data. With this plan, the netbook prices range from $100 to $350, and is the only way customers in Philadelphia can get a subsidized netbook, though at $100 instead of $50 as the market is not AT&T's wireline territory. Unsubsidized prices for the netbooks range from $450 to $600.
AT&T's netbooks will ship with the AT&T Communication Manager software, which will encourage users to access the company's more than 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots as part of their service, making the 200MB limit in the lower plan more realistic. The software will also store information about previously accessed Wi-Fi networks.
The provider is also selling a 3G-enabled Lenovo X200 for the subsidized price of $750 with the home and on-the-go data plan, or $850 with just the mobile data.
The company may also be considering offering a more flexible data plan, that would have users pay for daily access.
Competitor Verizon may soon offer a similar subsidized pricing structure for netbooks, while retailer Radio Shack already sells an Aspire One for $100 with a two-year data plan. [via ChannelWeb]