Vodafone signs deals with PC makers

Vodafone, the world's largest mobile phone company, has signed agreements with a series of computer equipment suppliers to back...

Vodafone, the world's largest mobile phone company, has signed agreements with a series of computer equipment suppliers to back up its mobile computing services for business customers with compliant hardware devices.

Global agreements have been signed with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu Siemens, IBM, Toshiba and Psion to provide notebooks, personal digital assistant (PDAs) and Tablet PCs as part of Vodafone's General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) offering in Europe.

The company launched its GPRS-based Vodafone Remote Access earlier this month in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

The service promises business users a secure and easy way to connect to their corporate LANs while on the road so as to access their e-mail, calendars and other business applications.

Thomas Geitner, chief executive, global products and services at Vodafone, said the new service would benefit IT departments "as supply, implementation and support complexities are eliminated".

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