Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless launched its latest 3G-equipped netbook, the Hewlett-Packard Mini 210-1076NR, at $149 after $100 mail-in rebate and two-year data-plan contract.
The price with a prepaid data plan is $499.
The 210 replaces the HP Mini 110, leaving the carrier's netbook selection at three, a spokesperson told TWICE.
The new model is the carrier's second Windows 7 netbook, this one using the Windows 7 starter OS. The other Windows 7 netbook, the step-up HP Mini 311, features Windows 7 Home Premium and is the carrier's top-of-the-line netbook, launched in October 2009.
In Verizon's lineup, the HP Mini 210 is in the middle, with the Windows XP-based Gateway LT2016u being the company's base model, a spokesperson explained.
The Mini 210 can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium with a $79.99 purchase from Microsoft.
The new model is available in Verizon's stores and Web site and is available to indirect retailers to sell. Best Buy, however, decided not to sell it, Verizon noted.
Like other Verizon-offered netbooks, the new model operates at 3G speeds around the world in 850/1900MHz CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A mode in the U.S. and select foreign countries and in 850/1900/2100MHz 3G HSPA networks in other countries.
The 2.99-pound netbook features 10.1-inch LED widescreen display, up to 8.75 hours of battery life, Intel Atom processor N450, 1.66GHz processor speed, 1GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, Web cam with integrated digital microphone, integrated five-in-one digital media reader, built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth.
To get the subsidized netbook price, users must subscribe to a Mobile Broadband pricing plan. One costs $39.99 per month for 250MB of data, with $0.10/MB overage charges. A $59.99 plan allows for up to 5GB of monthly data, with $0.05/MB overage charges.
Consumers who want to prepay for broadband service by the day, week or month pay the $499.99 unsubsidized price. The prepaid plans charge $15 for 75MB of data for one day of use, $30 for 250MB for a week's use, and $50 for a month's use with 500MB of data.