In addition to numerous smartphone offers Verizon has one of the first subsidized netbook deals that is actually a good deal. Information Week reports that on Black Friday Verizon will sell the Gateway LT2016u netbook for $29.99 (after a $100 MIR) with a 2 year agreement.
The Gateway LT netbook has a 10.1″ screen, Intel Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive and ships with Windows XP.
Like all subsidized netbooks you should factor in the long term cost of the data plan, in this case $60 a month for 5GB of data, into your purchase decision. If you are just looking for a cheap netbook you will find a much better deal on a netbook you purchase outright from one of the many Black Friday deals we have listed on Notebooks.com.
That said if you plan to use the integrated mobile broadband connection and understand that netbooks are best used for web browsing, email and basic document editing; then you may be able to score a good deal on Black Friday.
Verizon is also selling the Mifi adapter which provides a personal hotspot for $49.99 (after a $50 MIR) with a 2 year contract. As someone who has multiple devices I consider this a better deal than the $29 netbook because I can use it with any notebook I have or will get.
Detailed Gateway LT2016u
|Processor||Intel Atom N270 Processor|
|Memory||1 GB DDR2 RAM|
|Maximum Memory support||2 GB|
|Display||10.1â€ LED Backlight WSVGA screen|
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Wireless||Support of WLAN 802.11b/g/n|
|Webcam||0.3 MP webcam|
|Operating System||Genuine Windows XP Home|
|Speaker||Built-in stereo speakers|
|USB||3 USB 2.0 ports|
|Audio output port||One audio jack output (3.5mm)|
|Audio Input port||One audio jack input (3.5mm)|
|Media card reader||SSD, MMC, RS MMC, xD, MS & MS PRI cards|
|Video Output/Input Port||One VGA port (D-sub 15 pin)|
|Battery||6 cell Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||up to 6 hours battery life|
|Weight||Unit Weight (with battery): 2.42 lbs.|
|Warranty||One year limited warranty (6 months for battery)|
For more information check out Laptop Magazine’s full review of the Gateway LT2016u.