The South African Cellphone group Vodacom company has built an 8.9 inch mini-laptop called the Linkbook which is powered by a Freescale PowerPC processor. If the PowerPC architecture sounds familiar, that’s because Apple used PowerPC chips for its Mac computers until just a few years ago.
The Linkbook comes with a 3G modem, SIM card slot, 16GB of flash storage, and 256MB of RAM. It has an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel TFT screen, 2 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks and a camera.
The computer runs a custom operating system called Link OS, which is based on Ubuntu.
The main attraction of the machine, however, is the price: it is being marketed by the phone operator Vodacom in South Africa for only 199 Rand per month, which equates to about $ 26 or just under 50 dollars, at a Contract two years with the carrier. The figure includes a 3G data plan with deductible of 300 MB.