Orange will tomorrow offer Brits Asus' newly announced Eee PC 900 16G for... well... nothing at all. Orange will expect however, punters to sign up for a two-year, £25-a-month airtime contract. That package grants users up to 3GB of data transfers a month and up to 100 text messages sent from the machine. Asus' old Eee girl …
Id buy that for a dollar...
The laptop ain't bad either
I use my HTC Hermes + eeePC together all the time while travelling- they're a great combination. And a 3GB data plan is pretty good for anything you'd want to be doing on the move (i.e. no porn marathons, no/limited youtubing, no multiplayer gaming, no torrenting, etc.)- I've got a mere 1GB and have never filled it (even including some of the above at times)
of the 901 says it is what the 900 should have been. So signup with Orange for 2 years and get a phiss poor laptop that is already obsolete. You can#t even give these away and Orange is trying to.
Is this linux or MS?
So which one is it offering? The MSFT or the Linux edition...
'The Eee 900 16G comes with an 8.9in display and 16GB of solid-state storage.'
...and a battery that lasts an hour if you're lucky!
Under average use my Eee 900 lasts a little longer than 50 minutes between charges. And, after charging, it loses some battery juice whilst still plugged in (you need to unplug as soon as it's topped up and take the battery out ASAP or you're losing precious charge)
I thought this had been more or less superseded by the Atom-based 901 model.
Or alternatively you can buy the 16G from here:
for £222, get the £15 a month Orange data option (which includes the USB modem) and save yourself £20 over the course of 2 years, and this only has an 18 month contract.
If you look around I bet you can even get a Data SIM only deal, buy the USB modem outright also, so saving yourself even more money, and not be tied down to any contract.
All in all, this seems a very poor deal to me.
Actually not bad...
£25 per month for 24 months is "only" £600 - when you consider the EEE will be probably half of that, you're only really paying £300 for 3GB data and 100 texts per month from the thing, so that's only actually £12.50 a month.
Orange - you gotta be joking
Orange could offer me a free Rolls Royce and I still wouldn't go back to the cretins.
Thay're not the first..
Retailers have been offering free laptops (although the regular bulky sort) for a while - I was offered one in a T-Mobile store and CPW also have a range of laptops available (none that I took a fancy to last I looked). You can also get a free Eee (not sure of the specs) or Advent's atom-based Wind clone at PC World on a number of networks, or up to £400 off any laptop you choose depending on the length and monthly charge of the contract.
I'd' still prefer a built-in 3G adaptor, something Acer as supposed to be working on for the Aspire (and is already included with some Sony laptops that cost the earth).
I think Asus are trying to dump a big overstock of the 900 caused by everyone wanting the 901 instead. A friend who distributes Eees was offering me the same 900 / 16GB SSD model for a very cheap price yesterday, with the 901 costing a few hundred dollars more. Bit of a miscalculation...
Does it come with the blonde?
Orange .. orange.. lemon!
What a fantastically useless offer. Orange always cease to amaze.
It's technically "newly announced" because the Eee 900 *16G* is a new 'model' produced by taking the 900 and sticking a 16GB SSD into it. Asus appear to be engaged in setting a record for the most pointlessly overextended product line.
Here at toys r us
12G XP EEE white £269
I see the 4G Linux is down to £180
@ AC - alternatively
@ AC - alternatively: Think your being a little unfair there, its not charging dramatically over the odds. £20 "Profit" is penuts on a £600 deal, and probably wouldn't cover cost of credit if you bought an EEE and paid it off over the next 24 months - which is effectively what your doing...
@ Good deal - Good Deal: You won't be torrenting very effectively anyway - Orange internet everywhere gives you a 10.x.x.x address range and nats you out, so you don't get control over inbound ports. This also scuppers any online gaming you might try (Although obviously there would be lag issues anyway) and makes some VPN a bit of a pain in the bum.
Would be nice to see one of the companys make an effort to get an intergrated HSDPA card into the EEE.
@Which OS/Which one
It's the WinXP: http://shop.orange.co.uk/shop/mobile_broadband/eeepc
XPs a sensible choice, The Ikon 225 requires hacks to work under Linux. Fine for geeks, but they're not selling to geeks. (And if your a geek I'm sure you can slap a linux distro on there)
and desperation sets in...
...so they try it on the Great British Unwashed Masses !! Trust Orange to extract the Michael with their "Great deals" !!
50p Eee, UNLIMITED data for 30quid per month.
Great data plan (I'm on it).
The sooner the UK gets rid of data limits, the better.
It limits the use of, say, being able to upload photos to Flickr.
Paris, because she's becoming jealous of the Eee PC models.
I get 3GB a month on my HSDPA for 15 quid and it's pay as you go. (25-15)*24=240
So you are still paying 240 for the lappy but its broken up into 24 small payments...and you are locked into a 2 year contract.
A good idea... if...
...it was properly marketed. I work in an Orange shop (hence the Anon) and frankly, our marketing of this promotion is rubbish. Before, we had a laptop accessing (a very limited version of) the Internet via wifi to demonstrate our home broadband.
Now, the eeePC (which in itself looks very good) is basically stuck to the counter with alarm cables coming out of it. The cables are *sellotaped* into place so that the alarms don't go off. I mean, come on! What's more, despite the wifi router next to it, the laptop has to get by with the "HSDPA" dongle plugged into it. Given we're in a shopping centre, I'm guessing the speed averages at 200kb/s. Great demonstration of mobile broadband... shocking.
re: A good idea... if...
another reason why orange stink of death