It’s been a while since Vodafone ignited the incredibly slow burning “free laptop with 24 month wireless data package” revolution by giving away a Dell Mini 9, but now Optus has joined the fray with Samsung to offer a free NC10 to subscribing mobile data customers.
There are two flavours of 24 month contract available, both of which get you a $0 upfront NC10 – the $50 a month plan with 2GB of data included, and the $70 a month plan with 5GB.
The 10-inch lappy will come with XP, 1GB RAM and an optional optical drive that will cost an extra $1 a month for the $70 plan and $5 a month for the $50 plan. Both plans have an excess usage charge of 15 cents per MB.
While it would be far cheaper to actually pony up the cash up front and add a mobile broadband card later, there is something to be said for the convenience of cheap monthly payments that includes data.
What do you reckon? Is this something that floats your boat?