Confirming earlier rumors
, AT&T has announced it will begin offering subsidized netbooks by both Aspire and Dell with the goal of locking customers into long-term 3G data plans. The lineup includes an Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, and LG Xenia (apparently an MSI Wind rebadge), with prices ranging from a mere $49.99 to $249.99 – down from their regular price of $449.99 to $599.99 according to the carrier.
Also available are full size notebooks from makers such as Lenovo and those models start at $749.99. AT&T's “Internet at Home and On the Go” two-year broadband bundle itself starts at $60 a month, which seems like a good enough deal for both a 1.5Mbps residential DSL line and HSDPA connection, though the paltry 200MB monthly cap on the mobile side of things will be a deal breaker for many. Customers also have the option of skipping the DSL bundle offer and buying 5GB/month of HSDPA connectivity for $60 per month. Of course users also get free access to AT&T's 20,000+ hotspot locations.
According the press release
, these deals are currently available at select stores in Atlanta and Philadelphia only, but will likely extend to other markets eventually depending on the ability to generate new subscribers.