Cellular South, a leader in wireless solutions and innovation and the nation's largest privately-owned wireless communications provider, today became one of the first U.S. wireless carriers to sell the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook with built-in 3G high-speed mobile broadband data.
"We're excited because this device promises to provide our customers with the ultimate in mobile connectivity and freedom through anytime, anywhere access to the Internet," said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South. "With superior coverage and the best 3G high-speed data network, our customers can now go beyond the confines of wi-fi to achieve truly mobile on-the-go access to the Internet for news, weather, information, sports, video content, social networking, shopping and entertainment."
The powerful mini-computers - hybrid devices between traditional smartphones and standard notebook laptop computers - are growing in popularity with students, social networkers, workers on the go and professionals.
"All of the research shows that demand is going to steadily increase for netbooks, especially among consumers who are searching for a lightweight, more portable alternative to a laptop," said Wade Smith, director of product development and management for Cellular South.
With its unique multi-touch and gesture pad, the Mini 10 netbook has a compact 10.1 inch screen, weighs just 2.6 pounds and features an edge-to edge keyboard. Other features include built-in 3G high-speed mobile broadband data service from Cellular South, a 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB of memory, built in web cam, an Intel Atom Z520 processor and Microsoft Windows XP Home.
The lightweight, inexpensive portable computing device costs $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year mobile broadband agreement for new and qualifying customers. The company offers built in 3G mobile broadband data plans that are among the industry's most affordable, including:
* A $59.99 monthly plan with a 5 GB monthly data allowance and 30 cents per megabyte overage*
* A $39.99 a month plan with a 500 MB monthly data allowance and 30 cents per megabyte overage*
* For a limited time only, students can get a $29.99 a month plan with the same 500 MB monthly data allowance and 30 cents per megabyte overage* - a 25 percent discount off the $39.99 a month plan - making the netbook a must-have for the back-to-school season.
The first 2,400 customers to place a netbook order also will receive a free USB thumb drive containing the original Transformers movie - just in time for the recently released "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" movie.
Smith said the devices have become the preferred method of accessing social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter and remote, web-based access to business networks and databases. "Consumers, especially mobile on-the-go workers and those interested in social networking, are demanding the freedom to be connected whenever and wherever and they want more functionality than a smartphone or PDA can offer and more portable connectivity than a laptop can offer," he added. "Netbooks are a perfect fit for them. They're fun and functional - designed as the ultimate in portable computing and access to the Internet."
Netbooks also will come with assistance from Cellular South's industry-leading online and in-store Discover Centers, which show customers how to get the most out of the device's functionality, features and applications. "Through Discover Center content and training online and in stores, consumers will be surrounded with opportunities for training and discovering personal uses of netbooks enabled by Cellular South's 3G high-speed data network," Smith said.
The netbook market debut follows on the heels of a recent announcement by Cellular South that it will be among the first wireless carriers in the nation to offer a smartphone later this year featuring the Android open source platform developed by the Open Handset Alliance(TM). The Open Handset Alliance is a partnership of more than 40 global mobile industry leaders.