Chromebooks are shipping out with built-in 3G modems (sometimes as an option) and a free starter plan from Verizon.
This free plan provides 100MB of data transfer per month. It’s free for 2 years. If the free plan isn’t enough, the bottom rung of the paid-plan-ladder at Verizon is 1GB per month for $20.
Some people have been seeing this free plan as a gateway drug leading to huge charges and hidden fees from Verizon when you go over your 100MB limit. For example, see this article. I understand the concern, but I also disagree with automatically treating a good thing as an Evil Plan to Take All Your Money. Surely we can find a way to be vigilant and disciplined OR a way to impose discipline automatically (“only Wikipedia and Google Reader, without images, and shut down the modem after 90MB”)?
The Chromebook has a few nice features for monitoring usage; it even breaks things down by which specific sites you’re spending time and data on. I’ll show y’all when I actually have some data on there.
Of course the problem is that this clunky laptop is not the device that I plan to carry around and use for mobile stuff. (That would be my Adam). So I have a free plan available for a laptop that’ll always be at my apartment.
This is my third post on Chromebook.