Dirt-cheap carrier-style financing may make ARM-powered Asus novaGo

When we earlier complained about the performance to price ratio of Microsoft’s new ARM-powered laptops some of our readers responded that this did not stop us from spending similar amounts or more on smartphones which could not do half of what an ARM-powered Windows laptop can do.

The reason for this is, of course, financing arrangements by carriers, which spread the cost over two years, meaning we are much more willing to swallow the bitter pill.

Now Winfuture.de reports that such a deal will be available for the Asus NovaGo, and at very attractive terms.

German carrier 1 &1 is offering the device on contract for 99 euro up front and 16.99 euro monthly for 12 months and 19.99 euro for a further 12 months with LTE service included.

That unfortunately only includes 2 GB data at 50 mbps maximum. 1 &1 is also offering a second tier with 5 GB of data at unlimited speeds for 24.99 euro for 12 months and 29.99 Euro for the next 12 months. Against the normal cost of such a data plan without a laptop thrown in the deal is pretty attractive and the Novago appears pretty cheap.

The device is expected to hit the market in May.  If your local carrier offered such deals (hopefully one day with an unlimited data plan), would our readers be tempted (possible as a second travel PC?) Let us know below.

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