Best Buy to offer wireless broadband service

bestbuyBest Buy appears to have quietly launched a wireless broadband service called Best Buy Connect.

Monthly prices range from $29.99 to $59.99 for 250MB to 5GB of 3G data service. (The 250MB option is available only without a contract.) A service contract is offered for one year and two years, and the length of the contract is tied to subsidies on new laptops: the longer the contract, the bigger the subsidy. It appears to work in the same way most people in the U.S. buy a new cell phone.

The service will allow people to log in to monitor their data usage, and Best Buy said it will also e-mail customers when they’re approaching their monthly data limit. The service will only be available in the U.S.

At the time this was published, Best Buy still hadn’t formally announced anything. But you can get some details on its Connect Web site and the related FAQ.