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.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, 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 in the US and around the world. 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.