RadioShack Sells the Aspire One for $99 (kinda)

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Radio Shack should stick to the pathetic collection of cell phones, remote controlled cars, and bad stereos that has become the bulk of their product.
 

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$60 a month is a ripoff. Wait for a few months until you start seeing Blackberry Bold, and you can use it as a tethered modem for about the same price.
 

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[citation][nom]Master Exon[/nom]I can use my BoostMobile i425 prepaid phone to tether a 4.0 kbps connection for free.[/citation]

Try not to break any records with that.

RadioShack is my safety net if I run out of a connector or cable part while on-site. Other than that, I never step into one. Oh how far they've fallen.
 

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$60/month is the same as Sprint's broadband wireless service. For people living in remote locations where this is really the only option other than satellite, it's not so bad of a deal. $99 is a heck of a price for a pretty netbook.
 

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[citation][nom]Master Exon[/nom]I can use my BoostMobile i425 prepaid phone to tether a 4.0 kbps connection for free.[/citation]

What's it like being on the web at half a Kilobyte?
 

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$60/month for "unlimited" mobile broadband (5 GB per month) is just about a universal industry standard. Want to tether a smartphone? Add $60/month. Want to use a usb/express card mobile broadband card? Pay $60/month.

So, instead of buying the netbook for full price and getting a discounted smartphone or mobile broadband "modem", you get the discount on the device and have the capabilities built in.

Personally, I think it is a good marketing strategy to add netbooks to the lineup. Sure, you are stuck with that netbook - but it is one less device to carry around in your pack. With a bit of hacking, I am sure you could make transform the netbook into a mobile broadband router and avoid buying something like the Cradlepoint PHS300.
 
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