While I’ve seen some pretty cheap netbooks, especially those that are subsidized
, nothing tops the current offer
from Best Buy and Sprint. By committing to a two-year data plan contract, you can walk out of your local Best Buy with a Compaq-stamped HP Mini 110c in hand for less than your morning coffee.
There are no smoke and mirrors when it comes to the netbook’s specifications; it’s a pretty standard unit. It features a 10.1” 1024 x 576 display, Intel Atom N270, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD and a three-cell battery. That said, the deal is just a tad less than inviting after you break out a calculator. By shelling out $60 per month for the data plan over the contract's duration, you’re looking at an accumulated expense of $1,440.
Despite that, I’m sure the deal is enticing to some. On the bright side, Sprint’s 3G service was recently labeled as the “most reliable
” in a recent PC World test. How long before other carriers offer a cookie with their netbooks?