Netbooks becoming more prominent in carrier stores

Netbooks becoming more prominent in carrier stores
The wireless industry has managed to penetrate and still relies on voice call services. Some may argue that its been overly saturated already and now looking towards data services to increase growth. The recent offerings of netbooks from AT&T and Verizon Wireless is one key step in forecasting where the industry is headed. On top of carrying mobiles phones in stores, they are stocking up in netbooks to capture a new audience. Currently AT&T offers netbooks from manufacturers like Acer for as little as $50, Dell for $100, and an LG for $199. Verizon on the other hand is on board with a $199 HP Mini netbook. Technology research firm, iSuppli, is projecting global netbooks shipments too increase 68 percent to 22.2 million this year; up from the 13.2 million in 2008. Of course there is money to be made with required two year agreements on plans starting at $40 per month. Sure after the contract is complete, it does make the initial investment almost minuscule. But then again, instant internet connectivity may be the correct solution for that individual.

via total telecom

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3 Comments

1. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

***Correction*** Verizon Wireless allows you to purchase a netbook without an agreement. It also allows you to connect with WIFI and ethernet and therefore no data package is required. At&t = Mobile Broadband in major cities only... LTE w/MIFI FTW!!!

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

actually at&t is doing really well with broadband coverage..not just in major cities any more...

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

comparing ATTs 35% US population coverage to VZWs 90% US population coverage. good luck.

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