It’s official people, the subsidized netbook from RadioShack we saw appear on a leaked ad earlier this week has been officially announced. This offer definitely isn’t for the casual user as it is accompanied by a 2-year minimum-$60/month contract with AT&T, but business users with a true need for constant connectivity can now save their companies some cash be snagging a well-specced Acer Aspire One netbook for a cool $100 from the Shack. Specs:

  • Ultra-compact size measuring 9.8″ x 6.7″ x 1.1″ (W x D x H), 2.44 pounds
  • Stylish piano-black finish
  • Built-in 3G capability
  • 802.11b/g wireless (Wi-Fi)
  • 8.9-inch LCD screen
  • Built-in Web cam
  • Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor
  • Windows XP Home
  • 1GB memory
  • 160GB hard drive
  • Built-in memory card readers (dedicated SD and 5-in-1)

In terms of a travel machine, the Aspire One definitely delivers the goods and provides more than enough juice in a package weighing less than 2 1/2 pounds. Let’s hope this is a first step toward a new trend of subsidized connected netbooks that we can look forward to. The bottom line is that if you’re in the market for a new portable unit and a 3G modem with a $60+ monthly plan were in your cards anyway, you’d be crazy not to check out the Aspire One.


Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.