Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday introduced a notebook PC that supports Verizon Wireless's high-speed network, providing an alternative to Wi-Fi connections often used by travelers in airports, hotels and other public places.
The HP Compaq nc6140 includes dual antennas and pre-installed software for connecting to Verizon's Evolution Data Optimized, or EV-DO, broadband network. HP and Verizon plan to jointly market the business computer.
“Mobile professionals using HP’s mobile broadband notebook no longer have to limit themselves to airports, hotel lobbies or other public Wi-Fi hotspots,” Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager for mobile computing at HP, said in a statement.
Verizon Wireless claims its broadband service is capable of download speeds of from 400 kilobytes per second to 700 kbps.
The notebook, which uses the Qualcomm MSM6500 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO high-speed wireless chipset, weighs 6 pounds and includes a 15-inch screen and full-sized keyboard. Prices start at $1,399, HP, based in Palo Alto, Calif., said.
While cellular high-speed networks provide wider areas of access than Wi-Fi connections, which are limited to specific locations, the former is far more expensive. Verizon Wireless cellular subscribers can buy unlimited access to the network for an additional $59.99 a month. Non-subscribers would pay $79.99 a month.