Etisalat jumps on netbook bandwagon

Etisalat to offer Acer Aspire One netbook bundle in UAE
Etisalat jumps on netbook bandwagon
By Mark Sutton
Tue 17 Mar 2009 12:00 AM

Etisalat is offering an Acer netbook bundle to subscribers in the UAE, for what it describes as a “less than zero” price.

The bundle, which includes an Acer Aspire One netbook plus one month’s free subscription to a mobile broadband data package, will retail for AED 1,849 ($503), with further discounts on data package for 24 months, giving total savings of AED 2,300 ($626) over two years.

Essa Al Haddad, chief marketing officer, Etisalat said: “Netbooks are the latest trend worldwide, with many people already enjoying the portability, on-the-go connectivity and affordability of this emerging new technology. Etisalat is proud to introduce this concept in the UAE, through Acer Aspire One, a Netbook with integrated 3G functionality and full Wi-Fi capability.

“With the attractive sub-zero price point, the sleek and stylish Aspire One will not only provide tremendous value and on the go connectivity to our customers, but will also change the Internet surfing and consumption dynamics in the UAE,” he added.

The Acer Aspire One model on offer is the 8.9” screen model, with Windows XP and HDD, rather than Linpus Linux lite or SSD versions, or the newer Aspire One D150 10”, and Etisalat states that the deal is a limited offer, available only while stocks last.

Sanjay Kachroo, regional corporate sales manager, Acer, said: “The success of the Aspire One netbook globally, illustrates the enormous demand consumers have for mobile devices that keep them connected. We are delighted to partner with Etisalat to launch this amazing next generation Netbook device in the UAE. Aspire One is a leader in the emerging Netbook market, and we believe that only a telecommunications leader like Etisalat can effectively introduce this device in the UAE. With a holistic value package being provided by Etisalat, Aspire One offers a perfect combination of innovation, convenience, coverage and value.”

The Aspire One includes embedded HSDPA capability, to give download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, Intel Atom CPU, 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD.

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