Netbook vendor set to make an Impact

Netbook vendor set to make an Impact

IT distributor, Impact Systems, selected as Datawind's distributor in Australia

Impact Systems has been appointed distributor for Canadian netbook vendor, Datawind.

The vendor had been cultivating its business for several years and recently decided to enter the Australian market. Datawind approached several local distributors but eventually settled for Impact Systems, its senior channel manager, Peter Agamalis, said.

Only the Linux-based Web optimised netbook, Ubi Surfer, is available at this time, but Impact will gradually introduce Datawind’s entire range into the country.

The value-based netbook retails for $299 and, through negotiations with a local telco carrier, offers 12 months free Internet access, which can be renewed for a yearly cost of $49.95. A Windows OS model is due out early next year.

Impact Systems could not name the telco carrier but has claimed the netbook’s Internet coverage reaches most parts of metropolitan Australia. While Agamalis admitted Ubi Surfer was not suitable for regional resellers, he expected the product to be received well by hundreds of retail partners.

“We are in discussions with several mass merchants and two other mass merchants have taken it on-board already, which has been selling well,” he said.

Datawind has representatives in Australia to provide support for the channel and consumers. Standard yearly plan covers 30 hours per month. Users can pay $9.90 on top for unlimited Web browsing.

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