T-Mobile Germany have announced a deal which will see them selling a heavily-subsidized Acer Aspire One netbook along with 3G WWAN data access. The setup, which will be internal an HSDPA modem, is similar to that recently announced by Vodafone in the UK, who have an exclusive European deal with Dell to offer 3G versions of the Inspiron Mini 9 netbook.
"Ahrensburg, 19 September 2008 - Customers of Acer and T-Mobile may from mid-November 2008 is the ultra-Netbook Acer Aspire including one mobile and fixed-term contract flat-rate data plan web'n'walk Connect (duration 24 months) for only 1, - Euro. The offer is one of the first results announced yesterday, expanded cooperation between Acer and T-Mobile to joint customers the full mobility of innovative Netbooks Acer Aspire one at attractive prices. Under the slogan "Always On" allows users with mobile Netbook Aspire on one quickly and easily e-mails and answer or surf the Internet and work of hotspots without relying on them." T-Mobile Germany press release (translated)
T-Mobile Germany will be selling the Aspire One for just one Euro ($1.43), as long as users agree to a two-year data contract at €35 per month ($50). That works out to €841 over the two years, or $1200, which is more than the Vodafone/Dell deal; however there's no word on what the data limit is. Vodafone's offer has a rather meagre 1GB cap.
Also unclear is which version of the Aspire One is on offer, the hard-drive or SSD based netbook. Presumably Vodafone will be bundling the cheapest, which suggests the Linux OS and 8GB of SSD storage.
[via UMPC Portal]