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Mobile Broadband Laptop Deals More Affordable Than Cappucinos & BT

Mobile phone company 3 has slashed the price of its cheapest laptop plus mobile broadband deal to a mere £22.50, a deal made sweeter by the fact that potential customers get a not-insignificant 15GB data allowance.

The standalone data package costs £15 per month on its own, which means that the laptop adds another £7.50 per month or a rather affordable 25p per day.

That's equivalent to buying the Sun newspaper everyday or as broadband comparison website, top 10 broadband puts it, cheaper than purchasing a Cappucino per week.

The netbook included in the deal is an Acer Aspire 150b and is not half as bad as the price would imply. Sure the 8.9-inch screen might be a little tight but weighing only 1kg, it packs a lot of punch.

It has a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, a screen resolution of 1044x700 pixels, a built in webcam, a card reader, WiFi and most importantly, Windows XP Home.

The 15GB data allowance is significantly more than BT's own Option 1 package which has a mere 10GB and costs a whopping £15.65 a month excluding line rental. That might be to some extent, the tipping point when it comes to internet access.

Interestingly, the same laptop costs £239 at Tesco Direct meaning that you stand at saying £59 over the two year period you will be tied in a contract with 3 (the laptop costs £180 over 24 months).

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Jessica McArdle, marketing manager at Top 10 Broadband, said “A price point of £22.50 a month for a laptop and 15Gb of mobile broadband means that even in these troubled times, many people can afford to own a great laptop simply by making some small sacrifices. 3’s deal is a perfect offer for students or for anyone who wants to spread the cost of a laptop purchase.”

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.