Taiwanese manufacturer Asus is apparently working on a new Netbook which will offer the possibility of using a mobile phone as a 3G dongle although this approach might yield a few compromises of its own.
The most important one is the fact that you won't be able to use ANY phones but only a range of models that will be launched and which will end up either being priced uncompetitively or lack the features we'd like to see.
Then there's the fact that the 3G connection may become useless when an incoming call arrive. That said, it does also mean that you only need one SIM card and one data account.
The Inquirer's Clive Akass (opens in new tab), who spoke to the head of Purely Gadgets, wrote that a modular approach addresses "one of the great problems of mobile devices for both buyers and designers".
The phone will apparently be manufactured and designed by an Israeli company called Modu which is slightly strange given the fact that Asus is an experienced mobile phone manufacturer tha also builds smartphonews for others.
Arguably, the other way of doing it would be to get a tethered connection to your mobile phone (assuming your mobile phone contract covers it) which would negate the need to such a complex and ultimately expensive arrangement.
Neither the launch date nor the pricing have been announced yet. You can find out more about the Modumobile here (opens in new tab).