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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2009-07-10, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Rogers selling HP Mini 110 Netbook with embedded wireless

In an attempt to increase the sale of wireless data plans, Rogers Wireless has announced the availability of the HP Mini 100 notebook with embedded mobile broadband technology.

Total Two year cost
  • Netbook with 500 MB Cap - $1,066 includes $299 netbook plus $31.95 per month for data
  • Netbook with 3GB Cap - $1,905 includes $299 netbook plus $66.95 per month for data
  • Netbook with 5GB Cap - $2,385.80 includes $299 netbook plus $86.95 per month for data




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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2009-07-10, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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My two cents: Rogers is offering a $50 discount on a high margin netbook to get you to sign up for 24 months of their expensive data plans. ie./ a $2 a month savings.

If you can afford this then great but I would warn you that you are not likely to get anywhere near the advertised speeds.

iPhone users that have posted around here have been getting download speeds of about 1 Mbps which I would suggest you will get with this plan.

To be sure, a decent speed but certainly not the 3.5 Mbps or 7.2 Mbps they allude to in their advertising.



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i haven't looked into this to see what kind of saving is available on the netbook compared to frugal shopping separately. If the wireless modem/SIM card slot is built into the netbook, that would be an advantage over plugging a USB stick in another computer. But then again, one could use the stick in any computer when the netbook is not up to what one wants to do.

Speed tests should be, imo, with wireless modems rather than phones.

According to The Globe and Mail, Rogers has an exclusive on the HP netbook, "at least until September" which, curiously, is when many expect Bell and Telus to start the soft-launch of the HSPA network. Does Rogers exclusivity relate only to the fact that it is the only provider with a compatible network for the next few weeks?
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In the States, Verizon is selling an HP Notebook with 24 month for $199.
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If the wireless modem/SIM card slot is built into the netbook, that would be an advantage over plugging a USB stick in another computer.
Rogers says its embedded technology so that is the presumption.
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Speed tests should be, imo, with wireless modems rather than phones.
I'm curious why you say that?



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I really do not see the point in this. Signing a contract to save $50 on a netbook? Maybe if they were offering the netbook for $100-200 at the most.

As much as I would love to have integrated mobile broadband, I think i'd rather just have the small usb modem and move it around myself.
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Is this plan a joke? $2,400 for two years? I currently have the Rogers $30/6GB/month data plan which is $720 for 2 years and gives me an extra 1GB a month of use. My Netbook was $400 and my HTC Touch Diamond was $200 which I tether as needed to the Netbook for Internet access. Total cost is $1,320 for two years. A full THOUSAND dollars less than this "deal" from Rogers. Oh, and I could pick the Netbook of my choice. LOL.

P.S. the $30/6GB deal is available again with the new iPhone and I think a couple of other smartphones at Rogers so worth checking out if you need a data plan. Hugh is correct on the speed though, very inconsistent but hopefully gets better.

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iPhone users that have posted around here have been getting download speeds of about 1 Mbps which I would suggest you will get with this plan.
I regularly get 2.5/3 mbps with my iPhone 3G Tethered to my macbook, I am in a semi-rural area. Still, 1 Mbps is a bit low.
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