March 22, 2009 at 10:57 am
Netbooks offered as part of data packages are becoming a common strategy among wireless carriers across the world. Now the Philippines wireless carrier, SMART, is launching the country’s first netbook with built-in 3G. It will offer the Asus Eee PC 904 GO for an upfront cost of 1,000 Philippines Pesos (c$20) and a 24-month contract costing 799 Philippines Pesos ($16.5) per month. The contract allows a very reasonable 60 hours of internet access per month at speeds of up to 2Mbps.
The lifetime cost of the contract is P20,176 ($420) over two years which is not too bad considering a rather decent sized keyboard on the 8.9-inch model. The Asus Eee PC 904 GO is powered by a Celeron M processor rather than an Intel Atom and comes with 1GB RAM. It also has a 80GB hard-disk drive and 1.3MP webcam.
“As we innovate and offer more and more services under our mobile broadband portfolio, we hope to advance our ‘Internet for All’ agenda, to bring the benefits of broadband Internet to the grassroots,” said Orlando Vea, Chief Wireless Advisor of SMART.