RESTON, Va., June 2, 2009 — Wirefly.com, America’s trusted source for cell phones and wireless service plans, today announced the expansion of its product offerings to include netbooks. With this announcement, Wirefly is the first online retailer in the country to sell netbooks with embedded 3G wireless service from both AT&T and Verizon Wireless, currently the only two mobile-phone providers in the U.S. activating these mini-notebook computers.
Netbooks have been generating headlines in recent months because of their affordability and ultra- compact size. These versatile, lightweight machines boast a full Windows operating system and are great for accessing the Internet and email, playing music, streaming videos, and light computing on the go.
Today’s announcement marks Wirefly’s entrance into one of the hottest growth areas in consumer electronics. According to Gartner, Inc., a research and advisory firm, the worldwide mini-notebook shipments are on pace to reach 8 million units in 2009, a 54 percent growth over 2008. The market is expected to experience strong growth, as there could be as many as 50 million mini-notebooks shipped in 2012 (Press Release, Dataquest Insight: Forecast Scenarios for Mini-notebooks, Worldwide” August, 2008). Utilizing carriers’ 3G networks, Wirefly will offer fully activated, ready-to use netbooks, which will make surfing the Web quick, easy and more importantly, mobile.
“Because of the strong demographics of our customer base, our handset sales are heavily skewed towards smartphones. Adding netbooks to our product line was an easy decision because they fit our consumer demographic profiles perfectly. Just like smartphones, they appeal to a data-centric shopper, looking for the latest and greatest in mobile technology,” said Andy Zeinfeld, chief executive officer of Simplexity, parent company of Wirefly.com.
On Wirefly.com, consumers will be able to compare netbooks and 3G services offered by both AT&T and Verizon Wireless, to determine the best fit for their computing lifestyle and with just a few quick mouse clicks, purchase and activate their new ultra-mobile PC.
“Pairing these ultra-portable devices with the nation’s fastest 3G network offers consumers a convenient and affordable option to stay connected at home and on-the-go,” said David Haight, vice president of business development, AT&T Emerging Devices. “Through Wirefly, we’re able to reach a mobile savvy consumer base that stays on top of the latest trends and mini laptops certainly fall into that category.”
Zeinfeld continued, “For years, Wirefly.com has been known as America’s trusted source for buying cell phones by making it fast, easy, and affordable. Today we have extended that great customer experience to netbooks, with easy online activation and fast, free FedEx shipping.”
Wirefly.com will initially offer the Acer Aspire One with AT&T 3G service and the HP Mini 1151NR from Verizon Wireless, with pricing starting as low as $49.99 with a new two year contract*. The company plans to broaden its netbook line-up as AT&T and Verizon Wireless continue to expand theirs.
“The HP Mini 1151NR is the perfect netbook for the person who needs to stay connected wherever they are,” said Ron Zanders, director of distribution at Verizon Wireless. “Wirefly customers will be excited to know that in addition to Wi-Fi, the HP Mini is a global device, so with the addition of a Verizon Wireless GlobalAccess plan, they can use it in more than 175 destinations internationally.”
Acer Aspire One (AT&T) –Weighing just over 2 lbs., the ultra-light Acer Aspire One Netbook from AT&T comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition. It uses the nation’s fastest 3G network, Wi-Fi or Ethernet for quick and easy access to the internet and web-based applications. With enough RAM for seamless multitasking, 160 GB of built-in memory and two flash memory card slots supporting up to 8 GB each, the Aspire One is a powerful netbook with memory to store photos and files. The crisp, 8.9” backlit display is perfect for use with the integrated webcam.
HP Mini 1151NR (Verizon Wireless) – Weighing only 2.4 lbs, the ultra-light HP Mini 1151NR Netbook from Verizon Wireless comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition. It uses the nation’s largest 3G network, Wi-Fi or Ethernet for quick and easy access to the internet and web-based applications. With enough RAM for seamless multitasking, 80 GB of built-in memory and a 2-in-1 flash memory card slot, the HP Mini is a powerful netbook with similar features and applications as a desktop computer. More than 30 applications are pre-installed, including Adobe Reader, Microsoft Works 9.0, Windows Media Player 11, Adobe Flash Player, and more. The 10.1” BrightView Infinity widescreen display is perfect for use with the integrated webcam or watching videos.
In addition to the netbook computers, Wirefly.com also offers an extensive line of netbook accessories including fashion cases, portable printers, portable dvd players and wireless mice.
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Wirefly.com is America’s trusted source for cell phones, wireless service plans and wireless accessories. Owned and operated by Simplexity, Wirefly is the internet’s leading authorized dealer for every major cellular carrier in the U.S. Wirefly also offers discounts and services not available in retail wireless stores, including real-time online order status and tracking, and the lowest prices – online or anywhere else — on cell phone devices from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, LG, BlackBerry and many other cell phone handset manufacturers. Wirefly.com has been named Best of the Web by Forbes magazine as the “best all-around number portability portal” and “Best in Overall Customer Experience” by Keynote Performance Systems. For more information on Wirefly, its wireless products and its services, visit Wirefly.com.