Telstra’s new bundled plans offering a free laptop with their wireless plans is a good move to improve take up of wireless Internet.
It’s surprising none of the providers haven’t offered these deals sooner given entry level laptops are cheaper than mobile phones and these plans have proved an resounding success in the mobile industry.
As with all these deals, the devil is in the small print. You may be getting a “free” laptop but the cost of the wireless broadband will easily make up for this. The total price of the plan over the 36 month contract is $3,564 which would buy you a lot of laptop.
36 months is a long contract and we can expect to see prices drop and better deals appear as the other companies respond.
Also, a $700 laptop is a pretty basic beast many business users will find doesn’t meet their needs.
Overall, this is an interesting deal that’s going to radically change the business market. However I’d recommend most users sit and wait to see what other deals become available.