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Get an HP laptop with two years of 4G service for $259.99 shipped

That's two FREE years of 4G service, though as you might expect, your monthly data allotment is on the low side. Still, gotta love free 4G.

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This compact HP Pavilion is made even sweeter with two years of T-Mobile 4G service thrown in.
This compact HP Pavilion is made even sweeter with two years of T-Mobile 4G service thrown in. HP

Now here's something you don't see every day.

Through tomorrow, or until supplies run out, HP has the refurbished Pavilion DM1-4310NR 11.6-inch laptop for $259.99 shipped. Actually, that's not so unusual. But this is: It includes two years of 4G service via T-Mobile.

I know, right? Built-in 4G! And two free years of service! That's kinda awesome. Ah, but there is a catch of sorts: You're limited to just 200MB of data per month.

That, my friends, is not a lot of data. Forget streaming Netflix or even YouTube vids; you'll need to limit yourself to basic Web and e-mail activities. On the other hand, my current laptop comes with zero data per month; 200MB is a lot more than zero. I choose to look at this as a glass-half-full kind of situation.

In fact, there's no annual contract involved, no credit card required to activate service, and no overage fees if you hit the 200MB cap. If and when that happens, you simply purchase data passes to add more connectivity time.

While you're chewing on that, let's talk about the Pavilion itself. It's part of the dm1 series, one of which I've owned (and really liked) for several years. It's slim and fairly lightweight (3.5 pounds), and this model has sufficient horsepower for everyday computing tasks: AMD E2-1800 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.

Ports include HDMI and two USB, one of which is 3.0. This being a refurb, it comes with a 90-day warranty. CNET hasn't reviewed it, but the user reviews over at Amazon average out to around four stars.

In short, it's already a nice compact laptop for the price, one I probably would have written up even without the 4G. That's some pretty sweet icing on this cake. Your thoughts?

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