Verizon Wireless to Sell HP Netbook Computers (May 17, 2009) — Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc, will start selling the HP Mini 1151NR netbook from May 17.

verizon-logoThe netbook is priced at $199.99, after getting a $50 debit card in the mail by way of a rebate and with new two-year activation on a mobile broadband plan, the statement said.

Verizon said, the netbook weighs 2.4 pounds and runs Windows XP Home Edition on a 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom processor.

The netbooks sports 1 GB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, 80211b/g Wi-Fi wireless networking, an SD media slot, two USB 2.0 ports.

The service plan will begin at $39.99 for monthly access, and can scale up to Internet and data service in more than 175 locations worldwide, with over 45 offering 3G access.

Wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc are helping lead the charge, while graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp, wireless chipmaker Qualcomm Inc and Freescale Semiconductor Inc have all designed ARM-based processors that can be used in netbooks.

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