ATT has the ability to disable the netbook wirelessly if the customer stops paying for the service.
 
So the netbook is useless if the client doesn't fulfill the contract. I think that would be a cool technology to disable stolen laptops. They still cld pull the HD, I suppose.
 
Bill Clark
Austine School


From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Brent Sitterly
Sent: April 03, 2009 9:11 AM
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Subject: Re: The $50 PC

All this talk about netbooks reminds me of when "thin clients" were all the rage.  Does anyone else see the similarities?  The main difference being the thinness has reduced all the way to without a wire.  Mind you netbooks are really cool and I am yearning to purchase this cool little netbook tablet from ctl corp, but this just strikes me as round two of a technology paragdigm.

Sincerely,
            Brent Sitterly

Steve Cavrak wrote:
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Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry
By ASHLEE VANCE and MATT RICHTEL
Published: April 1, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/technology/02netbooks.html


AT&T announced on Tuesday that customers in Atlanta could get a type of compact PC called a netbook for just $50 if they signed up for an Internet service plan — an offer the phone company may introduce elsewhere after a test period. This year, at least one wireless phone company in the United States will probably offer netbooks free with paid data plans, copying similar programs in Japan, according to industry experts.

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