Telstra has announced in partnership with Acer and Ericsson a new netbook which is now available that features built-in support for their NextG network.
The device – dubbed the Acer Aspire One AOD255 – weighs just over a kilogram and makes use of Ericsson’s new F5521gw mobile broadband module revealed in September, which allows network access to the computer even when it is asleep or, in the event of the netbook being stolen, can allow owners to disable the device remotely.
“With so many Australians adopting mobile broadband for their work and personal lives, the Acer Aspire One AOD255 provides a convenient new option that combines computing with fast mobile connectivity,” Richard Fink, Director Mobile Products at Telstra, said in a statement.
“Weighing in at just over a kilogram, this light ten-inch netbook features embedded Next G™ network connectivity and removes the hassle of having to carry a separate 3G modem around. We think our customers will love how quickly they will be able to access email, stream YouTube clips and update Facebook® while on the go.”
The netbook features a 10.1″ screen, has a total weight of 1.11 kilograms, comes with a 2 year warranty and protective carry bag and has a 160GB hard drive. It also features a 1.5Ghz processor, and comes with 1GB of Ram as well as running Windows 7.
It’s also the first to have in-built support for Telstra’s NextG network, meaning an external USB modem isn’t required for connectivity wirelessly across Australia. As a result, the device will be sold only through Telstra stores and be available for Telstra customers.
The Aspire One AOD255 can now be purchased by Telstra customers across Australia, and is available both online and in-store on a 24-month BigPond Mobile Broadband plan. Pricing starts at $55 which includes a $26 monthly repayment for the netbook and a 400MB data allowance.