Smart unveils netbook with built-in Smart Bro connectivity

Smart Communications Inc. has launched the country’s first netbook with a built-in high-speed broadband connectivity through Smart Bro.

Smart , in a press statement, said Smart Bro wireless broadband modems now come embedded on certain units of the Asus Eee PC 904 GO. The built-in modem allows the Asus Eee PC 904 GO to access the Internet through Smart’s nationwide HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) network. The network offers speeds of up to 2 mbps in key cities in the country.

The device, the company said, will allow users “a complete, ready-to-run Internet experience in an all-in-one device, right out of the box.”

Asus Eee PC 904 GO with Smart BRO
The Smart Bro-powered Asus Eee PC 904 GO is available via the Plan 799 monthly subscription, which comes with 60 hours of Internet access. Usage in excess of 60 hours will be charged P10 for every 30 minutes.

“Initial cash-out for the 24-month subscription is P1,000 for the laptop plus P799 for the first monthly service fee, for a total of P1,799. The same amount goes for the monthly fee for the package,” Smart said in its press statement.

The product offering is part of Smart’s push to widen access to high-speed broadband Internet.

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9 responses

  1. This is kewl! If HP Mini 2140 will not land in Manila by end of this month, I’ll bite this offer. BTW, no special offers for long-time Smart Bro canopy subscribers?

  2. This is good. I wonder how Globe would respond? Would they team up with HP or Acer to compete with this? 🙂

  3. @jhay Smart did this before with the HP Mini 2133 (2008), GlobePH didn’t mind it.

  4. Bob, Jhay,
    This package seems to be pretty attractive, especially for road warriors. I might choose this package when the time comes to upgrade my netbook 🙂

  5. @Max, but the screen is just 8.9 inches. It would had been better if they had offered the 10-inche EeePC. The package is very very tempting, though.

  6. Bob,
    The small screen isn’t a problem with me. I still frequently use my Asus 701, which only has a 7-inch screen.

  7. That’s cool. I might also get one myself instead of buying an Acer netbook. Thanks for the update 🙂

  8. Al Alamban Avatar
    Al Alamban

    Is this really true? It seemed Smart personnel in Cagayan de Oro do not know anything about this offer.

    1. Al,
      Of course it’s true. But it will be marketed in Manila first. I’ll try to get an update on the availability.

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