The best free netbook deals

Netbooks don’t cost the earth, but by the time you’ve ponied up for one and added a mobile broadband deal, you might as well have got a pr

Netbooks don’t cost the earth, but by the time you’ve ponied up for one and added a mobile broadband deal, you might as well have got a proper lappie instead. However, the mobile companies are weighing in with their own offers, letting you sign up for web on–the–move and get a netbook for nowt.

Elonex Webbook

Free with £25 per deal on Orange, 3 or T Mobile

www.carphonewarehouse.com

Carphone Warehouse wants to make you an offer you can’t refuse. Namely, handing over this 10.2 Elonex Webbook in return for a two year deal at £25 a month. You get 3GB od downloads a month. Plenty for a few stuff.tv pages and a couple of albums from iTunes.

Stuff.tv rating – 4/5

Free with £25 per month deal on Orange

www.orange.co.uk

Don’t fancy Elonex’s beefy netbook offering? Well for the same wonga a month, Orange is offering an Eee PC 900 and 100 texts. Normally we’d say go for it, but seeing as the 900 is essentially a gadget pensioner, this is a bit of a bum deal. We say tread with caution.

Stuff.tv rating 3/5

Free with £5 per month deal on 3

www.three.co.uk

Now this really is a belter – stump up £35 a month for 24 months and you get the thinking man’s netbook, the HP Mini–Note, in return. Ok, it’s pricier than the Eee and Webbook, but you do get 5GB of data. Snaffling movies for your new iPod nano has never been easier.

Stuff.tv rating – 4/5

If you can’t decide which netbook to get, then make sure you read our five things you need to know before buying a netbook feature.