T-Mobile joins 'free laptop' parade

Having seen Orange and 3 launch ‘free' laptops configured for 3G usage, T-Mobile has responded with its own offering using an Asus Eee PC 901 netbook. The deal, which was launched late last week at the giant IFA trade show in Berlin, calls for subscribers to sign a 24-month contract--however, pricing has not been announced, although is expected to be below existing offerings from other operators.

The laptop includes an integrated 3G module specifically designed for T-Mobile's network (said to log on within seconds of booting up the laptop) and connection manager software that was jointly developed by the two companies.

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