Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

Summary: Google is really trying to sweeten the deal for consumers with the promise of free 3G data on Verizon Wireless with each purchase of a Chrome OS netbook.

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Google is really trying to sweeten the deal for consumers with the promise of free 3G data on Verizon Wireless with each purchase of a Chrome OS netbook.

According to Engadget, buyers of a Chrome OS netbook will receive 100MB of free 3G Verizon data each month for 24 months.

100MB isn't exactly a large data allotment, especially considering Google touts Chrome OS as something "for people who live on the web." Nevertheless, it's still a cool freebie. And if that's not enough (which it likely won't), unlimited plans start at $9.99 per day. (Might be useful for that day you're stuck in an airport.)

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  • DOA?

    It's not even released yet and they're already offering deals like this to entice people to buy one?

    DOA?
    John Zern
    • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

      @John Zern
      Absolutely. Sounds like a bribe. They have to give it away for people to use it, doesn't make a very strong case for using this netbook. I know I won't be using it.
      Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

        @Loverock Davidson <br><br>Sounds like <a href="http://www.best-ereaders.com/2010/05/07/why-did-microsoft-cancelled-the-courier-tablet/" target="_blank">sour grapes</a> to me.

        This doesn't sound like a bribe, <a href="http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Microsoft_to_bribe_Salesforce_users_to_switch_products-nid-75045-cid-3.html" target="_blank">this is a bribe</a>.
        Alan Henry
    • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

      @John Zern <br><br>Like the <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5527442/microsoft-cancels-innovative-courier-tablet-project" target="_blank">Courier</a> (RIP) that couldn't get out the gate? Only to be followed by <a href="http://www.hovied.com/technology/2010/microsoft-kin-canceled-after-48-days-01075562.html" target="_blank">Kin</a>, eh?<br><br>Please spare us your prognostication.
      Alan Henry
      • What about the courier, CS?

        I don't remember Verizon offering to give away free 3G with the purchase of one? I don't even remember seeing it go to production, Terence.
        John Zern
      • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

        @John Zern <br>What about Kin, did you predict that? <br>You did see the <a href="http://windowsphonethoughts.com/news/show/98001/microsoft-s-kin-dead-on-arrival-in-north-america-at-least.html" target="_blank">Kin</a>, right, Yes?<br><br>Sour grapes? Is Google sucking all your oxygen?<br><br>PS. It's call "neglected perception" when you only see and hear what you want to. Hence you only saw courier in the post and never saw the Kin.
        Alan Henry
      • Come now, Cyberslummer

        How many names are you going to spam under? LOL! <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
        John Zern
      • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

        @John Zern<br><br>I get it. It's considered spam (by your definition) when you don't have a response to a legitimate question.
        Alan Henry
      • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

        @Alan Henry And where were the enticing sales offers for either product BEFORE the product was released to the public? Oh wait, there were none. Yes KIN did indeed fail and yes it is being sold as a feature phone to eliminate stock. And yes Courier was cancelled... But none of that explains why they are offering this type of deal prior to the netbook with Google OS being released to the public.

        Can YOU explain this without all the childish insults?
        athynz
      • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

        @Alan Henry All - someone reached out to me - my name is Alan Henry - at my personal email address to claim that someone named "Loverock Davidson" has been posting using my name and posing as me here at ZDNet. I'm not certain the extent of the damage here, but either this Loverock person is actually named Alan Henry and is NOT me, or this person has another name altogether and is trying to use my identity.

        I'm not much of a linux user (although I follow technology news) and wouldn't comment on something out of my depth, but I'm the Alan Henry who owns sites like The Classy Geek, Gears and Widgets, TechTV Forever, and is also a writer for PC Mag and its blogs, as well as Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide. I assure you this person isn't me, and I'm saddened their behavior may turn people off to my real work. :(

        Anyone concerned (especially a moderator if there is one) can contact me at alanhenry@novawerks.net if they have questions. Anyone except this Loverock Davidson person, that is.
        alanhenry
    • Who'll be the NeXT iSPY assigned to this one I Wonder?

      Now you begin to see why certain "former" cronies from crApple have removed apple from their resumes and are either working for Google, HTC, Nokia etc., or they are planning to.<br><br>Interestingly they are from the same groups that isolated certain employees for being "spies" of crApple's super secret basket-weaving "technologies".<br><br>Will it be Peter Graffagnino, David Springer or Ralph (Ralf?) Brunner NeXT?
      RememberOctober29
      • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

        @RememberOctober29
        You get banned i2Fun?
        I see it didn't help you grow up.
        DeusXMachina
    • I find it strange

      The same people who are rushing the condemn these deals were the ones who were saying that the "buy one get one free" Windows Phone 7 deals meant nothing. I agree with that statement, but I also don't think this means that this is DoA.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

      @John Zern I was thinking the same thing - are they really that desperate to sell a Google OS device?
      athynz
    • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

      @John Zern yea this is pretty sad. And 100mb is nothing. You can use that in an hour. Especially on a machine that only browse the web.
      Jimster480
  • Google's netbooks are overpriced

    so 3g is not really free. It's build into the price of their crappy netbooks. It's only a smoke screen from Google (again). In addition, charging 9.99 per day is a total rip-off.
    iPad-awan
    • Overpriced with no price announced?

      @iPad-awan

      OK, whatever you say.
      Economister
    • RE: Google, Verizon promise free 3G data with purchase of Chrome OS netbook

      @iPad-awan How much IS the Google OS based netbook?
      athynz
  • $10/day for data?!

    Who in their right mind would need unlimited data for something that doesn't store stuff locally?
    jmiller1978
    • To watch porn on line? ;-) nt

      @jmiller1978

      nt
      Economister