Datawind has released an updated version of their UbiSurfer, this time running Windows CE 6.0, and the device is actually pretty compelling, largely due to its laptop-like form factor and low price for both the device and the associated dataplan.
The MID features a 7 inch WVGA screen and but only has 128 MB RAM and 1 GB internal storage. It also comes equipped with built-in 3G broadband, WiFi, and a wired LAN port and comes with a very useful software package including Softmakerâ€™s excellent office package which allows full editing of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without conversion and without losing any fidelity.
As mentioned earlier however the real innovation is in the pricing.
The UbiSurfer offers free-usage model, which eliminates the complexity of purchasing mobile web devices by eliminating lengthy contractual payments, activation fees and credit checks. With the UbiSurfer you pay for the device not the usage. For the average user, there are no monthly fees, airtime tariffs, contracts or recurring fees â€“ Datawind pays for these. Users get 30 hours of free surfing a month for 12 months and 5p per minute roaming in Europe and the US. Upgrading to an unlimited usage package is available, and only an additional Â£5.99 a month.
The device itself is also a very reasonable Â£159.99, with the first year’s Internet access included.
The device is widely available online and instore.
Read more about the device here.
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