It seems like only yesterday, when Intel was blasting America’s cities with advertising for WiFi! Now that we all, more or less, have WiFi built into our computers the call is going out, led by notebook computer vendors to have mobile broadband embedded on our notebook computers. For about 2 or 3 years, I’ve been using a Verizon Wireless mobile broadband card and it works quite well – all over the country.
Notebook computer vendors are now more aggressively pushing to have you buy a mobile wireless card that’s built into your computer. Nothing to lose, nothing to break – and you might just get a sweet deal.
For example, Lenovo recently announced that Business PC users now have a new, affordable option to access broadband-speed Internet via their ThinkPad notebook PCs through a new alliance announced by AT&T Inc., Lenovo and Ericsson. The collaboration significantly lowers the price premium usually associated with built-in mobile broadband technology by up to $150 per PC from previous pricing.
Under the agreement, AT&T’s 3G service – the nation’s fastest 3G network – is available on a full range of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks, which come factory-equipped with Ericsson built-in mobile broadband modules enabled for AT&T LaptopConnect. The service provides extensive broadband access both domestically and internationally.
What’s exciting about this announcement is that not only can you access the Internet anywhere in the country, but if your travels take you across borders you can also use the same technology.
As you consider your “new” mobile warrior gear, remember to ditch the external web cam, in favor of having one embedded in your computer as well. That’s one less gadget to carry with you.
Dell and HP both make notebooks with built in wireless broadband.