In "the coming days," the carrier said, the 3G-equipped Acer
Aspire One will be in company stores nationwide, and the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and
Lenovo S10 will be available in "multiple" AT&T stores. In addition, all
three netbooks will be available "soon" online at www.att.com and through other
AT&T direct-sales channels, a spokeswoman said. The netbooks are priced $199 after mail-in
rebate with a two-year service contract for either a $40 200MB monthly 3G data plan
or a $60 5GB plan. The plans include unlimited use of AT&T Wi-Fi service,
featuring more than 20,000 hot spots nationwide.
Earlier this year, AT&T held a trial run on the sale of
subsidized netbooks in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
AT&T operates more than 2,200 retail outlets, the last of
which has undergone a redesign, which enables customers to test drive products
in the store before they buy and more easily find products and services that
they're looking for.
In a related announcement, the carrier said it would begin
offering ConnecTech remote online
and in-home computer support services for sale through its stores. Prices range
from $99 for remote online support to $199
for in-home technical support. ConnecTech services include nationwide next-day
in-home service and 24/7 remote support for netbook installation and setup,
laptop performance optimization and diagnosis, installation of peripheral
devices and wireless networks, and home network security audits.
The Acer Aspire One weighs 2.53 pounds and features Intel Atom
processor, Microsoft Windows XP Home, 160GB hard drive, 1GB of memory, stereo
speakers, built-in Web cam with a video conferencing feature, and multiple
ports for connecting to external devices.
The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 weighs 2.86 pounds and features
Microsoft Windows XP Home, a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of memory, built-in Web cam,
Intel graphics media accelerator and integrated audio. The Lenovo S10 is less
than an inch thick and weighs 2.63 pounds. It comes with 1GB of memory, 160GB
of storage, Microsoft Windows XP Home and built-in Web cam. Other features
include VeriFace facial recognition technology, designed to speed up log-ons, and
a multi-touch touchpad to makes Web navigation easier.