Sprint offers 99-cent netbook

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While Iíve 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 netbookís specifications; itís a pretty standard unit. It features a 10.1Ē 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, youíre looking at an accumulated expense of $1,440.

Despite that, Iím sure the deal is enticing to some. On the bright side, Sprintís 3G service was recently labeled as the ďmost reliableĒ in a recent PC World test. How long before other carriers offer a cookie with their netbooks?

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