Lenovo is the second laptop manufacturer to announce that it will incorporate Vodafone’s 3G mobile data technology into its machines.
Lenovo of China will incorporate the technology in a range of ThinkPad laptops expected to be available in the second quarter. Lenovo bought IBM’s PC manufacturing business last year, which included the widely used ThinkPad range.
The announcement follows Dell’s deal with Vodafone to also include Vodafone’s 3G and 2.5G technology in a range of new laptops.
The development means that in the future, Vodafone 3G subscribers will no longer have to purchase and use a separate 3G laptop data card with their laptops to get a connection.
Vodafone is trying to make its 3G network as easy to use as a Wi-Fi network, where users now increasingly rely on Intel’s Centrino mobile access technology bundled into laptops, rather than using a separate Wi-Fi card.
Lenovo will bundle the technology into its forthcoming ThinkPad T60 and X60 notebooks. Potential users of the 3G service will have to buy a subscription from Vodafone to take advantage.
ThinkPad customers will be able to upgrade their notebooks to take advantage of the introduction of the forthcoming HSDPA mobile access technology when it is available.
HSDPA is four times faster than 3G and Vodafone is currently trialling HSDPA networks, along with other mobile operators.