HP and Orange sign web-ready notebook deal

Mobile network operator Orange has signed a three-year deal to distribute internet-ready Hewlett-Packard laptop and notebook PCs throughout its European...

Mobile network operator Orange has signed a three-year deal to distribute internet-ready Hewlett-Packard laptop and notebook PCs throughout its European distribution network.

The first countries to offer the HP PCs will be the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal.

Announced on the eve of the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the deal means Orange and HP will co-distribute and market a range of consumer notebooks and HP Minis with mobile and/or fixed broadband access.

One of these offers is the new Compaq Mini 700 which allows UK customers to buy a ready to use internet connected notebook for £30 a month. The price includes Orange's mobile broadband service and dongle, a 3Gbyte data allowance and 24-month manufacturer's warranty.

Orange hopes the deal will boost its mobile broadband service, which grew 81% to 23.2 million customers last year.

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