Acer Aspire One netbook getting 3G WWAN, subsidized


AceraspireoneAcer is on track to sell one million netbooks this month which should bring sales of the Aspire One up to two million for the quarter. DigiTimes shares this outlook along with news of a subsidy for potential device owners in Taiwan. Acer is planning to add a 3G or wireless broadband module to the netbook; the component would add around $95 to the netbook price, which is currently in the $329 to $349 range after a recent price drop.

You might not have to directly pay that price increase for 3G though. The Aspire One could then be sold through Taiwan Mobile at a bundle price for the netbook and the W-CDMA 3G subscription. Customers would save about $150 on the hardware price for this option. I know that this business model is becoming more prevalent outside of the U.S., but I suspect we’ll be hearing from Dell within the next week or two on this topic.

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