HP Mini 1000 Now Available with AT&T and Verizon Mobile Broadband Options

Seems like the U.S. carriers are finally catching on to the benefits of putting mobile broadband connectivity in netbooks. On the heels of Dell’s announcement of its addition of an AT&T option for the Inspiron Mini 9, HP is announcing that its Mini 1000 can be equipped with either Verizon or AT&T mobile-broadband. For an additional $199 customers can configure the Mini 1000 with embedded WWAN which supports both GSM and CDMA based networks at http://www.shopping.hp.com. When we tried to configure the Mini 1000 with WWAN on the HP Site it required the Mini to have the 60GB 4200RPM PATA Hard Drive. Perhaps this is due to some of the with HP Connection Manager 1.1. HP Connection Manager software that is packaged with the mobile broadband solution. Either way it seems you cannot get 3G connectivity with an SSD option. As Brad at Liliputing notes, the HP offering is  more expensive than the $125 AT&T broadband modem Dell offers for the Inspiron Mini 9, especially when you realize that AT&T will reimburse you for $120 of the purchase price when you sign up for a service plan. There’s no indication on HP’s site that AT&T or Verizon are subsidizing the cost of the modem. We are looking forward to testing both the HP Mini 1000 and Dell Mini 9’s mobile broadband capablities in the coming weeks.

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