French tempted with €199 Eee PC HSDPA bundle
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French ordinateuristes can now buy Asus' elfin Eee PC with integrated HSDPA 3G, courtesy of local carrier SFR.
The package bundles an white Eee PC 4G with a similarly hued USB HSDPA modem capable of download speeds of up to 3.6Mb/s.
SFR wants €299 (£223/$435) for the lot, but it's pledging to give €100 of it back after buyers have signed up. The deal also requires purchasers to take out a connectivity subscription: €29.90 per month for 24 months, or €34.90 a month for 12 months.
Since the whole things is a special deal, SFR's only offering 1000 of these Eee plus 3G packages in total. The offer ends on Wednesday, according to the SFR website.
Asus Eee PC and friend: au bord de la mer
Ironically, the Eee PC should be able to have a 3G modem mounted inside it's diminutive casing - or would if Asus hadn't cheekily stopped fitting a secondary Mini PCI port within the Eee's expansion bay. First-generation Eee PCs had such a slot, but recent versions of the laptop - include this reporter's own unit, bought just before Christmas - do not.
Thanks to reader Steve for the tip.
@ yeah right
I take it you work for a competitor's PR agency and are trying to trash the eee.
I've had one (black) since before xmas and no problems, the case doesn't creak even after being dropped a couple of dozen times and spending plenty of time rolling about in a rucksack. No keyboard problems to speak of.
Nothing cheap at all about the build quality - it matches that on the toshiba and sony laptops that are kicking around here.
Then again anyone who can't afford to buy one to try at £199 would probably moan about anything and everything.
I have no idea what Anonymous John is trying to say, but I sure am glad to see the blonde on the beach with the laptop again.
It gives me a happy warm feeling. Oh and leave her thighs alone, nothing wrong with them at all....
Like Haku I have not experienced the problems you have with my Asus EEE which I have had for a fortnight now.
It seems reasonably solidly built, with a slightly deformed space bar being the only key related issue. Yes the keys are somewhat smaller than my big mitts would like, but since I have written stories on a Psion 3a I can cope,
There are key placement issues, I keep putting it to sleep instead of toggling the Wireless, but that's something I'm getting used to
Maybe you had a dodgy one. I'd look again elsewhere and see whaty you think