AT&T offers $50 netbooks with a plan

April 2, 2009 3:15:50 AM PDT
Company is trying to drum up business beyond the cell phone market.

AT&T Inc. is going to go beyond cell phones and test selling laptops in its stores in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

The move, announced Wednesday at a trade show in Las Vegas, comes as the cell phone market is starting to saturate, and wireless carriers are looking for ways to expand into other gadgets.

Netbooks are smaller, stripped down versions of a traditional notebook computer.

Just as it does with cell phones, the phone company will subsidize the price of laptops when the customer signs a two-year contract.

In the Philadelphia area, customers signing up for AT&T wireless broadband can buy the netbook for about $100.

The company will also sell pricier laptops.

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