Vodafone and Dell have announced the availability of Dell Latitude D620 and D820 notebooks with built in Vodafone 3G and 3G broadband technology.
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While 3G offers users data download speeds of up to 384kbps, the 3G Broadband solution, based on HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology, is four times faster.
Vodafone’s faster 3G broadband network will not be widely available until later this year however. In the meantime, users can access data via established 3G networks.
With their integrated solution, Vodafone and Dell want to allow users to more easily access mobile data networks, in the same way laptop users can access Wi-Fi networks using integrated Centrino chips from Intel.
Currently, Vodafone 3G users have to insert a separate data card into their laptops to get mobile network access.
The new Dell notebooks will ship with the Vodafone SIM installed and pre-loaded with Dell Connection Manager software.
Lenovo of China is also expected to soon incorporate Vodafone 3G and HSDPA technology in a range of ThinkPad laptops. Lenovo bought IBM’s PC manufacturing business last year.