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RadioShack Sells the Aspire One for $99 (kinda)

Not a lie, the Acer Aspire One is priced at $99.99 but only for customers who sign up for a qualifying two-year AT&T DataConnect mobile broadband service agreement with plans starting at $60 a month. That’s $60 before taxes. Ouch.

Out just in the nick of time for the holidays (December 24 aka Christmas Eve), a deal like this could have people hanging on til the last second to try and purchase a super cheap netbook with 3G access to the web. However, is it really all that cheap? Not really.

$99 for a roughly $300 laptop. At $60 month (and that’s a starting price but we’ll ignore that for now) you’re looking at the initial $99 and a two year contract with AT&T which totals a very pretty penny; $1,540. So is it worth it?

Well, we think it’s unfair of everyone to shout down the deal right off the bat. Netbooks are made for mobility and working on the move. If you need to access the Internet on the move and travel a lot for work then yeah, this is probably going to come in extra handy. Especially if you can expense the data plan to your company.

If you’re buying a netbook for college or just for use at the park or for the odd trip away then we can’t say stay away any clearer than this: RUN FOR THE HILLS. Really, if you’re just going to be using it once or twice a month, pay the full price for an Aspire and then dish out the cost of connecting at your local Starbucks. Common sense, people.