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HP to Embed Sprint Mobile Broadband Service in Business Notebook PCs

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RISMEDIA, Oct. 24, 2007-HP announced that it will integrate Sprint mobile broadband capabilities into several HP business notebook PCs, giving mobile professionals convenient access to the mobile broadband network.

The companies will jointly market HP business notebooks that can take advantage of the features of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, such as the faster data speeds provided by 3G EV-DO Rev. A technology.

According to the company, when on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, HP business customers will be able to enjoy wireless connections at broadband speeds to corporate networks, e-mail and the Internet without being tied to a wireless hotspot. Customers also will be equipped for more powerful applications and services as they become available.

“HP is working with a mobility pioneer such as Sprint to further drive richer and more pervasive on-the-go computing,” said Ann Avery, product manager, Commercial Notebooks – North America, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Businesses of all sizes are looking for speedy, convenient connectivity to the people and information that is most important to them, and our broad portfolio of wireless business notebooks together with the extensive speed and coverage of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network delivers.”

In October 2006, Sprint became one of the first carriers to commercially deploy its mobile broadband network with the faster 3G EV-DO Rev. A technology and has updated the vast majority of its mobile broadband network to EV-DO Rev. A. Sprint covers more square miles, cities and airports with mobile broadband than any other carrier.

“Sprint continues to expand the ways it can give customers quick and easy access to the information they need, all at SprintSpeedTM,” said Tom Moore, director of mobile business applications, Sprint. “We look forward to combining the coverage and speed of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network with a quality notebook vendor like HP to keep customers better connected and more productive.”

HP mobile broadband notebook PCs

Across the lineup, HP business notebook PCs feature security, reliability and ease of use innovations such as Drive Encryption for HP Protect Tools, HP DuraKeys(4) and HP QuickLook, which with a touch of a button allows users to browse e-mail, calendars and contact information in as little as 10 seconds.(5) HP business notebooks that will integrate Sprint Mobile Broadband service, including support for EV-DO Rev. A technology, include the following models, as well as additional models expected later this year:

HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC – Weighing only 3.6 pounds, this sleek, ultra-thin convertible notebook combines conventional notebook productivity with tablet PC flexibility. It features an optional integrated camera for convenient video conferencing, image capture and integrated business card reader software, as well as HP NightLight on the keyboard to improve visibility in low-light conditions.

HP Compaq 6510b Notebook PC – This notebook boasts a low-profile, 14.1-inch diagonal widescreen display that offers 30% more viewing content than the standard 15-inch diagonal XGA display.

HP Compaq 6910p Notebook PC – With battery life of up to five hours and 45 minutes(8) and weighing only 4.7 pounds,(6) this notebook is designed with enhanced reliability features for on-the-move productivity. The Ultra-slim MultiBay II drive bay allows users to swap optical drives for increased storage or optimal travel weight.

HP Compaq 8510 series – This notebook PC and mobile workstation offer a choice of intense graphics from ATI and NVIDIA in a 6.1 pound, highly mobile design. Users also can develop, record, re-write and playback high-definition video, as well as store up to 50 gigabytes (GB) of data, with optional Blu-ray DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive.(7,9,10).

Pricing and availability

HP business notebook PCs with integrated Sprint Mobile Broadband service are expected to be available starting in October. Sprint Mobile Broadband service package pricing will vary. Estimated U.S. street prices for the HP Compaq Notebook PCs:

HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC starts at $1,599.
HP Compaq 6510b Notebook PC starts at $929.
HP Compaq 6910p Notebook PC starts at $1,199.
HP Compaq 8510p Notebook PC starts at $1,479, and the HP Compaq 8510w Mobile Workstation starts at $2,049.

For a limited time, customers who purchase an HP notebook that includes embedded Sprint connectivity are eligible to get a free month of Sprint Mobile Broadband service when they sign up for a one- or two-year service agreement. A credit check and approval are required to qualify for Sprint Mobile Broadband service and subsequent monthly fees apply.

More information and details, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.

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