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Vodafone NZ Launches 3G Acer Aspire Netbook

By Gary R, in , posted: 19-Dec-2008 12:40

I just noticed that Vodafone is now selling the 3G embedded Acer Aspire One Netbook.

Nice looking product but quite a terrible price really. You have a choice of:

$949.00 outright purchase
$700.00 on 1GB, 24 month term
$649.00 on 3GB, 24 month term

Compare this to AT&T in the US who sell the same product for US$99.99 on a 24 month contract.

Looking at the specs the Aspire One supports tri-band UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100 MHz.

Ok NO support for 900MHz 3G which means coverage is limited to where Voda has 2100MHz 3G. I am going to say it -

You would be better off buying the Netbook outright and chucking in a Telecom SIM when their new 3G 850MHz network launches.


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Comment by sbiddle, on 19-Dec-2008 12:58

What a shame that we are getting well and truely shafted with the pricing here in NZ with no competition in the mobile marketplace.

Look what you get in Aussie for the same price.

A$69.95 per month for a 24 month term contract gets you 5GB data and Vodafone throw in the Dell Mini 9 for free. You also get 3 months free at present with their current promo.

Isn't competition great. Shame we don't have any here in NZ.

Comment by Neil, on 19-Dec-2008 13:35

Yeah, it's a rip-off. A quick check at pricespy shows it selling for less than $700 at several outlets. Why would anyone get it for $700 from vodafone and be bonded for 24 months ? It's a sucker deal.

Comment by freitasm, on 19-Dec-2008 13:44

If it's not locked... Vodafone is not locking handsets and data cards but I haven't heard anything about built-in devices...

Comment by patdude, on 19-Dec-2008 14:04

What a strange move - no 900UMTS pretty much makes this a dead in the water offer.... I wonder what they were thinking? COuld they have botched up the specs on the website perhaps?

Comment by Bwooce, on 19-Dec-2008 14:17

Hang on a minute though, the Aspire with built-in 3G is different to the one you can buy in the shops, much like (in NZ) the Dell Mini 9. Or not?

There is an additional cost of the 3G modem, and the built-in interface variant of the model, all cost something.

So...I hope we see something similar from TNZ come June.

Comment by freitasm, on 19-Dec-2008 15:22

@patdude - they are just thinking that if they sell lots now people will be bound to buy new ones when their 900MHz network is more spread...

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