Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone in South Africa, has launched the Vodafone Webbook for the developing countries, who do not have access to computers and internet as other developed countries. It is priced only at R1499 (US $188) including VAT which is without a cellular modem but the price shoots up to R1899 (US $238) when added with a pre-paid starter pack which includes the cellular modem from Vodacom along with 100MB data usage per month for 12 months.
The Webbook runs on a Cortex A8 processor which is clocked at 800MHz with a 512MB RAM and 4GB of flash memory. It also has a 10-inch LCD display and weighs just under 1 KG. It will be shipped with pre installed Ubuntu 11.10 along with some software application and a two year warranty.
Webbook from Vodafone
The sleek design and basic configuration is expected to attract young masses in South Africa who have not been able to own a personal computer till date owing to the high cost of computing products. It is also expected to bring simplified value added services and mobile computing experience with the Vodacom wireless connection. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth is also excited to be supporting Vodacom in it launch, considering he's a South African himself and is happy in contributing to the development in the region.