As a further indication of how mobile broadband is being driven into mass adoption, Target Components, one of the UK's best known trade-only distributors of IT products, has signed a distribution deal with the mobile broadband provider 3.
Under the terms of the deal with the UK’s biggest 3G and mobile broadband network, Target has agreed to supply starter kits, comprising a dongle that is preloaded with 3 mobile broadband credits.
The kit has validity for one year and will offer 120 hours surf time, 12,000 emails, 384 X 4 minute music singles as well as 60 X 4 minute video clips. Once the initial credits have been used up credit can be purchased over the 3G network.
Explaining the rationale behind signing the deal, Kelly Burnley, purchasing manager for Target said, “Mobile Broadband is something we have been looking at for sometime as it fits very well within our product portfolio so we were delighted when Hutchinson approached us. We have seen a massive growth in laptop and netbook sales and customers have been asking us for mobile broadband products for sometime”
As well as the starter kits Target will also be offering those involved in mobile computing wireless routers that are designed to allow users to share the mobile broadband service. Target says that in order to satisfy complete mobile computing needs, the starter kits can also be bundled with laptops.