It was really only a matter of time before this here tactic
spread from Europe and Asia
) to the United States, and now it seems the dream is bordering on reality. A Wall Street Journal
report has it that HP -- you know, that company that makes the Mini-Note 2133
and Mini 1000
-- is considering bundling its netbooks with wireless cellular data plans in order to boost sales. Theoretically, the machines would be offered up at a steep discount in order to lock consumers into a 2-year mobile broadband plan, though "steep" has yet to be defined. Also, the company hasn't definitively said which carrier(s) will be called upon to be its partner(s), but the article does note that both Verizon Wireless and AT&T are in the cards.
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