T-Mobile is the latest to join the 'free laptop with mobile broadband' clan with a new 24 month plan that gets you a laptop, free USB mobile broadband modem, 200 texts per month and unlimited mobile Internet access for £30/month. Also included is access to T-Mobile WiFi hotspots. The laptop is an Acer TravelMate 5320 worth £350.
Users now have to choose between the offers available. Orange announced a laptop deal earlier this week that costs £25 per month and comes with an Asus Eee PC 900. Three also started mobile broadband with a laptop this month which also starts at £30 for one of three HP laptops. Vodafone are expected to follow suit soon.
One thing that may tempt users towards T-Mobile is the included hot spot access which allows users access to T-Mobile WiFi hotspots to supplement the mobile broadband service. Although marketed as unlimited, users should be sure to check the small print as the laptop bundle has a fair usage policy of 3GB (gigabytes) per month. T-Mobile won't charge you more if you go over, but may restrict your usage. Orange also bundle 3GB but charge 1.46p per MB (megabyte) if you go over the 3GB cap (and up to £6.46 per MB if roaming). Three include a 5GB monthly allowance and charge 10p per MB when exceeding the usage.