Best Buy Connect launches, wants to connect you to mobile dataAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Best Buy isn't really the type of company that would be expected to launch a wireless data service, but now they've gone ahead and done just that. The company made its Best Buy Connect service official today, and while its monthly pricing isn't all that different from the big four mobile carriers, its subsidy pricing is pretty good. Customers can choose between two-year, one-year, or contract-free pricing. Signing up for a two-year contract will net a $275 discount off of a compatible laptop of your choice, which is better than Sprint ($250), Verizon ($200), and AT&T ($150). Data prices are as follows: $60 for 5 GB, $40 for 500 MB, and $30 for 250 MB. Keep in mind, however, that the 250 MB option is only available if you go the contract-free route.
Best Buy's pricing seems like a pretty good deal considering the large subsidy you get for signing up for a two-year contract. Looking at their coverage map, their 3G signal looks like it's mostly available in urban areas, with more rural areas stuck with "roaming coverage" where your speeds will vary. Still, Best Buy seems like a good choice if you're interested in mobile data and the discounts provided by your current wireless carrier aren't substantial enough. Are any of you planning on checking out Best Buy Connect?