Quick notes: Tablet subsidies, Inspiron Duo, Virgin Mobile MiFi

The Financial Times seems to think the time is now for its employees to be using tablets. PaidContent reports that the company is offering a £300 or $480 rebate to its 1,800 staff against purchase of an iPad or other tablet. Employees who already have a tablet will also receive the rebate.

The Dell Inspiron Duo, that 10.1” netbook that has a revolving screen for use as a tablet, will be available for pre-order soon and start shipping in December. The base model will start at $549 (£449). Engadget has a brief review of the specs and a short hands-on video.

I’ve mentioned Virgin Mobile’s pay-as-you-go MiFi plan a few times as a way of retrofitting Kindle-style 3G anywhere-downloading capability to any and all of your wireless devices at once. Its plans to date were either $40 for a month of unlimited service or $10 for ten days of 100 megabytes.

However, now Virgin has introduced an “in-between” plan: $20 for a 1GB data limit in one month. If you didn’t mess around with bulky multimedia, you could download a lot of e-books in 1 GB. And since it’s month-to-month contract-free, you can raise or lower your commitment at any time, or even skip months altogether. The $20 plan only seems to be available through Wal*Mart or walmart.com for now. (Found via Gadgetell.)

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