Orange to bundle free Eee with HSDPA modem, airtime
Orange will tomorrow offer Brits Asus' newly announced Eee PC 900 16G for... well... nothing at all. Orange will expect however, punters to sign up for a two-year, £25-a-month airtime contract.
That package grants users up to 3GB of data transfers a month and up to 100 text messages sent from the machine.
Asus Eee and friend: free
The Eee 900 16G comes with an 8.9in display and 16GB of solid-state storage. It's based on Intel's 900MHz Celeron M 353 processor and has 1GB of DDR 2 memory.
The deal also bundles a gratis Option Icon 225 USB 3G modem, which supports HSDPA at up to 7.2Mb/s.
The Asus deal goes live on 16 August, through Orange shops and its website.
re: A good idea... if...
another reason why orange stink of death
A good idea... if...
...it was properly marketed. I work in an Orange shop (hence the Anon) and frankly, our marketing of this promotion is rubbish. Before, we had a laptop accessing (a very limited version of) the Internet via wifi to demonstrate our home broadband.
Now, the eeePC (which in itself looks very good) is basically stuck to the counter with alarm cables coming out of it. The cables are *sellotaped* into place so that the alarms don't go off. I mean, come on! What's more, despite the wifi router next to it, the laptop has to get by with the "HSDPA" dongle plugged into it. Given we're in a shopping centre, I'm guessing the speed averages at 200kb/s. Great demonstration of mobile broadband... shocking.
I get 3GB a month on my HSDPA for 15 quid and it's pay as you go. (25-15)*24=240
So you are still paying 240 for the lappy but its broken up into 24 small payments...and you are locked into a 2 year contract.