Gigabyte M528 MID loses built-in 3G [Updated]

Update 8.21.08: 3G is included after all.


A few forum members recently noticed that the Gigabyte M528 MID, which was selling for a reasonable $685 last week, has been pulled from Expansys USA. The original product page leads instead to a "product not found or is not available in this region" message and includes a link to the UK site, where the MID is being sold for £434 (about $808). This is already a serious blow to US buyers, who now need to pay an extra $100+ for the device, and today UMPCPortal brings word that it gets worse . . . for everyone.

As it turns out, one of the best features of the M528—integrated HSDPA—actually isn’t included. The "HSDPA mini card module" originally listed has been changed to "HSDPA available through mini card module (available separately)." How much more this "new option" will cost isn’t known, but $800 for a WiFi-only MID already isn’t looking good here in the US.

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3 thoughts on “Gigabyte M528 MID loses built-in 3G [Updated]

  • not anymore. i just cancelled my order.

  • I will stick to my Aigo for now.

  • If you order from the UK for delivery to the US you won’t have to pay UK VAT (sales tax) – the price is therefore £370 or $687 plus shipping and whatever the US charges for import duty (if anything). I agree about the lack of 3G though – no connectivity, then not a MID in my book.


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