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We knew that netbook OEMs would begin offering subsidies with 3G carriers when all the right factors were in place and that is already happening in Japan.  Our "reader on the streets of Japan", Robert Kawaratani keeps us informed about the netbook scene in Japan and […]

We knew that netbook OEMs would begin offering subsidies with 3G carriers when all the right factors were in place and that is already happening in Japan.  Our "reader on the streets of Japan", Robert Kawaratani keeps us informed about the netbook scene in Japan and today he sent a newspaper flyer that offers a 3G subsidy for both the new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and the HP 2133 Mini-note netbooks.  According to Robert, and since my Japanese is non-existent I’ll have to take his word on it, the subsidy comes to about $370 for a two year commitment to the 3G data plan with Emobile.  That’s a healthy subsidy and one that makes these netbooks a pretty attractive purchase if you’re in Japan.  Thanks Robert!

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  1. Sounds like a lot. Carriers in Europe appear to be paying 100-200 per customer / 24mnths depending on contract. Regardles of the device, phone, smartphone or netbook.
    I think in 2009-2011 this will be the way that at least 50% of netbooks are sold.

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