Phone giant AT&T is expanding efforts to sell netbooks like cellphones, which started last year with a limited run at Radio Shack. The netbooks will be available initially at AT&T stores in Philadelphia and Atlanta for $50 with a 2-year data plan at $60 a month.
At a glance, that seems pricey. But getting little attention is that AT&T throws in access to its thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots and home broadband service, notes In-Stat analyst Daryl Schoolar. He calls it "home and on-the-go broadband" and says the combo is just as important a trend as the selling of subsidized netbooks.