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Asus New Netbook To Have Removable Phone

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).

Désiré Athow

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 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.