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We heard that subsidized Dell netbooks were coming and now they’re here. For a limited time, anyway. Dell just announced that from now until the end of January, you can nab a Dell Mini 9  for $99 after a $350 rebate. Of course to get that […]

Dell's $99 Mini 9

Dell's $99 Mini 9

We heard that subsidized Dell netbooks were coming and now they’re here. For a limited time, anyway. Dell just announced that from now until the end of January, you can nab a Dell Mini 9  for $99 after a $350 rebate. Of course to get that deal, you’ll need to commit to a two-year AT&T data plan commitment. Essentially, this deal is structured the same as the Acer one that hit Radio Shack last month.

Specs for the subsidized Dell Mini 9 include: 1.6GHz Atom, 8.9-inch display, 512 MB of RAM, 8GB SSD, 4-cell battery, integrated HSDPA and Window XP. Note: pencil not included. I’m still not sold on a subsidized netbook, but that’s because I use multiple devices and prefer an external 3G adapter. Folks that don’t want to rely on WiFi hotspots or don’t have a 3G phone to tether might find this to be a good deal.

  1. mathprofjohnson Saturday, January 10, 2009

    Again, you are not required to keep the SIM in the computer. If you are eligible for an upgrade, use it as a subsidy on the computer and then simply take the SIM card out and put it back in an USB modem. Of course this is only good for those of us that pay AT&T regardless and actually utilize the DataConnect package. Writing these (subsidized notebooks) as $99 notebooks for $1540, etc… is misleading at times because yes, if you don’t need/use the DataConnect you are better off just buying the device outright. However, if you already have the service and use it, you aren’t actually adding any cost to your budget. Now, in this case I might just be inclined to pay the full price, but on the AAO it was a no brainer for me since it was only $99, further reduced from the retail cost with the subsidy.

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  2. mathprofjohnson Saturday, January 10, 2009

    LOL… I should actually read the posting on the computer after I read it on the iPhone to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Dell is selling the notebook for $99 [not the $350 I initially read which was the discount, not he cost] just like Acer, so I would pay the upgrade subsidized price instead of full price $449. How do the specs on this thing compare to the AAO? It is a smaller SSD, less RAM, but a standard 4cell battery. I have never owned a Dell, how is the build quality compared to the AAO?

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  3. I hope this deal will go well

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