Consumer electronics giant appears to have quietly launched a wireless broadband service called Best Buy Connect, with monthly prices starting at $29.99.
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Best Buy appears to have quietly launched a wireless broadband service called Best Buy Connect.
Monthly prices range from $29.99 to $59.99 for 250MB to 5GB of 3G data service. (The 250MB option is available only without a contract.) A service contract is offered for one year and two years, and the length of the contract is tied to subsidies on new laptops: the longer the contract, the bigger the subsidy. It appears to work in the same way most people in the U.S. buy a new cell phone.
The service will allow people to log in to monitor their data usage, and Best Buy said it will also e-mail customers when they're approaching their monthly data limit. The service will only be available in the U.S.