Vodafone was one of the first telcos to bundle a netbook with an integrated SIM card and wireless data with the Dell Mini 9. Now they're doing it again, except this time with an extra inch of screen and a couple of different data options.
Customers can now get a Dell Mini 10 with either 3GB or 6GB of included data on Voda's mobile network, complete with integrated SIM. The 3GB deal will set you back $50 a month - $30 a month for the data, and $20 a moth for the lappy. The 6GB will cost you $60 a month, with $40 being for data and $20 being for the laptop.
Having said that though, if you jump on this before the end of January, Voda's cutting the cost of data in half for the first six months, so your monthly repayments for 6 months are $35 for the 3GB and $40 for the 6GB.
I still think this is a pretty good option for people needing a netbook, especially as the Mini 10 is a pretty decent unit as well. It's only available in Alpine White though, which could be a deal breaker for some.
Get moving with the ‘Perfect 10’ Dell Inspiron from Vodafone with Built-in Mobile Broadband
Vodafone is bringing the popular “Perfect 10” Dell Inspiron Mini 10 to its customers to help them remain in touch, online and on the move. Launched today, this exclusive version of the Dell Mini 10 features built-in Vodafone mobile broadband connectivity, eliminating the need for an external USB modem, making it a compact and self-sufficient device for commuters, students and travellers alike.
Head of Voice and Broadband, Edward Goff at Vodafone Hutchison Australia, said, “Vodafone is always on the look-out for products and services that transform and enhance the way we communicate. We teamed up with Dell last year as we wanted to bring the best of both hardware and mobile broadband connectivity together for customers. We found there was a huge appetite in the market for simple, affordable innovation. It came as no surprise that the Dell Mini 9 was a runaway success for us, and that our competitors are now following our lead.
“We are thrilled to be launching the impressive Dell Inspiron Mini 10, and bringing customers a straight-forward, low-cost, fuss-free solution, to enjoy internet on-the-go.”
Evan Williams, general manager of Dell’s Consumer business in Australia said, “Despite its pint-sized chassis, the Dell Mini 10 offers no compromises. Weighing just 1.3 kilograms, the Mini 10 is packed with punch, boasting features you would expect from a regular laptop including a keyboard 92 per cent the size of a regular laptop, and an array of entertainment capabilities to help kids, tweens, teens, travellers and “Tweeters” chat, blog, stream content, share photos, watch videos and much more.”
Pricing information: Half price offer – 50% off the monthly fee for the first 6 months. Offer ends 31 January 2010. Available for purchase from December 9, at select Vodafone stores nationally or online at www.vodafone.com.au
About Dell Mini 10
Features available today on the Inspiron Mini 10 include:
- Sleek design and starting weight of only 1.2 kg.
- Roomy keyboard – 92 percent of full-size for comfort and ease of use.
- Multi-touch gestures touchpad – navigate the screen using simple movements to rotate, scroll and zoom documents and photos.
- 10.1” WSVGA “edge-to-edge” 16:9 widescreen display.
- HDMI output for enhanced entertainment connectivity
- Internal Wi-Fi.
- Built-in Webcam.
- Windows® XP Home Edition.
- 1 GB RAM standard and 160GB hard drive, providing ample capacity for mobile applications, content creation
- Available colour: Alpine White
- Microsoft Works 9.0 productivity software and McAfee® SecurityCenter™ 30-day introductory offer
Notes to editor:
Available to approved customers who commit for 24 months and pay by direct debit. Offer is subject to change and available in selected stores while stocks last. Minimum monthly cost for the 3GB plan is $49.95 ($29.95 for 3GB Mobile Broadband plan plus $20 for Netbook) or for 6GB plan is $59.95 ($39.95 for 6GB Mobile Broadband plan plus $20 for Netbook). Minimum total cost is $1,198.80 (for the 3GB plan) or $1,438.80 (for the 6GB plan). Early Exit Fee for the 3GB plan is $35 ($15 for 3GB Mobile Broadband plan plus $20 for Netbook) or for the 6GB plan is $45 ($25 for the 6GB Mobile Broadband plan plus $20 for Netbook) x months remaining on contract. Data expires each month and is for use in Australia only. Excess data charged at 0.10c/MB. Netbook not for individual sale without a Vodafone Mobile Broadband plan. Vodafone Mobile Broadband subject to network limitations and availability and device capability . All Vodafone services subject to device capabilities and network limitations and availability. 3G services are available in Vodafone's 3G areas - compatible device required. In metropolitan and some regional areas, Vodafone's 3G network operates on UMTS 2100Mhz. In smaller regional areas with Vodafone coverage, Vodafone's 3G network operates on UMTS 900Mhz. All 3G 900Mhz devices available from Vodafone are 2100Mhz compatible. However, not all 2100Mhz devices are 900Mhz compatible. Dell Netbook devices are 2100Mhz compatible but are not 900Mhz compatible. Dell Netbook customers will experience GPRS (or Edge, where available) coverage in 3G 900Mhz areas. Slower speeds can be expected outside Vodafone's Mobile Broadband areas. Individual customer experience may vary - many factors affect access, capacity and speed. See vodafone.com.au/coverage for details. Paperless billing applies. If you move down from the $59.95 6GB Mobile Broadband plan with Netbook to the $49.95 Mobile Broadband plan with Netbook you will incur a charge of $5 x number of months remaining on the original plan $59.95 6GB Mobile Broadband plan.