Optus Offering Samsung NC10 Netbook For $0 Upfront

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?




    Considering I already have 2 netbooks, a Telstra mobile data pack, and that Optus coverage here is spotty at best, I think I'll pass. Thanks all the same.

    Just called up Optus then and they are only offering this at the moment over the phone. I was quoted that delivery time on these will be "at least 2-3weeks"...

    I was quite excited until i heard that, might as well wait a few weeks longer and get a Windows 7 device.

    lol...i'm paying $20/month for 3gig data with 3 on my htc magic. this hardly seems like a good deal

    Whoever told you it was over the phone was in error - my local Optus Yes store has them in stock.

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