Toshiba NB205 Now Available for $229 with Built-in 3G

toshiba-nb205-iOver the weekend, our friend Kevin C. Tofel of jkOntheRun received a Best Buy flyer, advertising the availability of a subsidized Toshiba NB205 netbook with built-in 3G from either AT&T or Verizon. The NB205 is just the latest in a slew of netbooks that are available at a lower price if you sign up  for 2 years of mobile broadband service.

Even though the Toshiba NB205 is one of the best netbooks of all time, you may want to think twice about going the subsidized route. First of all, you’re not getting the latest NB205, as this version has the now-outdated Windows XP rather than Windows 7 Starter OS. Second, you’re not saving much money off of the standard price of an NB205.

These days, the NB205-N330 with Windows 7 Starter costs $419.99 by itself, and the Windows XP version that Best Buy is selling can be had for a mere $378 at Amazon.com. If you sign up with AT&T you get that same $378 netbook for $299 and with Verizon it’s $229. So you’re saving between $80 and $150 off the purchase price, but committing $60 a month in mobile broadband fees for a total of $1440 over 24 months. If you feel like you want to use a Toshiba NB205 as your only mobile broadband computer over the next 2+ years, the Verizon version seems like the better deal.

However, given how fast technology changes, we recommend that you buy a removable 3G modem or portable hotspot like the MiFi. That way, you won’t be locked into using your 3G service on only one device, a device that is very pleasant right now, but likely to seem dated in 2011.

via jkOntheRun and Lilliputing


AUTHOR BIO
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
Avram Piltch on
Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating Editor's Choice 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE