Sprint launches first netbook

Sprint Nextel launched its first netbook, joining Tier 1 rivals AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless in the netbook craze. Operators have increasingly turned to devices like ereaders and netbooks as additional sources of mobile data revenue.

Sprint will offer the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook (a version of which AT&T also offers). The device has an EV-Do Rev. A connection, a 10.1-inch LED screen, a built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam and a 160 GB hard drive.

AT&T kicked off the focus on netbooks earlier this spring, and launched devices in a nationwide rollout earlier this summer. Verizon Wireless launched its first netbook earlier this spring as well, and recently announced the launch of another.

Sprint said the Dell netbook is now available at select Sprint stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and will cost $199.99 with a two-year mobile broadband contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Sprint is pushing a mobile broadband plan with the netbook, giving users 5 GB of data for $59.99 per month.

For more:
- see these pictures and specifications
- see this release

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