Virgin Media has launched a netbook that will be offered as an incentive to customers who sign up to the company's broadband service. The Freedom netbook is a 10.2in backlit screen model with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard disk drive.
Running Windows XP Service Pack 3, it is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and connects to any sort of wireless network including 802.11g.
The Freedom netbook comes with a copy of Microsoft Works Suite and is protected by PCguard Security antivirus software.
The 1.1kg netbook has a three-cell 3300mAh battery that should last for around 2 hrs 20 mins between charges, has a basic VGA webcam and SD Card and MMC card reader. It comes in a choice of Virgin Red or black.
Virgin Media says the Freedom netbook has a retail value of approximately £300 but will be offered for free to customers signing up to certain 24-month broadband packages. These packages will be both fixed-line broadband and mobile broadband offerings.
Today's announcement of the Freedom netbook ties in with the issue of a revised pricing structure for Virgin Media broadband provision. Virgin says the netbook - the first it's ever sold under its own name - is optimised for its 50Mb broadband service.