Notebook makers go 3G

By Derek Sooman on January 24, 2006, 8:07 PM
Acer has gifted all its new TravelMate and Aspire notebooks with integrated 3G wireless wide area network capability. Among the first notebooks to feature embedded 3G technology, the new TravelMate 4260 and Aspire 5650 series will offer full WWAN connectivity through three-band GPRS/EDGE capability at 900/1800/1900 MHz and at 2100 MHz through integrated 3G Wideband CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access). Integrated 3G capabilities in these notebooks is also upgradeable to the next-generation HSDPA standard, which boosts network capacity to carry up to five times as much data traffic and up to twice as many wireless users per cell.

Dell has followed suit and has announced plans to incorporate Sim card slots into future laptop models to allow users to connect to the internet via 3G links as well as Wi-Fi. Like Acerís new offerings, support for HSDPA is there, and in the case of Dell, an HSDPA aerial will be built into the laptops, which is interoperable with current 3G services offered by Vodafone.

"This is another important step in providing world-class mobile broadband technology to Dell customers," said Jeff Kimbell, director of business marketing for Dell EMEA.

"With Dell and Vodafone working together, customers can benefit from built-in, easy-to-use technology which provides access to the 3G wireless network deployed broadly worldwide."




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paulwuzhere said:
I have always loved Acer notebooks and I hope G3 technology helps to sell them. There are many wireless hot spots arounf here so this would be nice to have. Dell laptops have always been in my top 3 also.
Need_a_Dell said:
The easier to use, the better. If 3G is going to make wireless internet easier, then all the power to Acer. Hopefully this works out for them.
vigilante said:
hot spots? Isn't this cell technolody? CDMA? Meaning you can get online from anywhere near a cell tower? Just like a cell phone. Or am I missing something. Guess I'll have to look into it.Whatever it is, it's new and cool. And I just hope it is cheap enough for the average joe!
devourer said:
Integrated 3G is good, at least you won't have to buy any add-on cards to use 3G technology ... that is if you're using 3G technology.
Race said:
This sounds exciting because it's moving mobile computing to a new level of performance, multi-media, and capacity.But....with all of the issues concerning 3G....coverage areas, uniform standards, and differences in technologies (especially in North America), I'm wondering what the time-frame will be before it really makes it worthwhile.
PUTALE said:
wow, it seems like the 3G is here to stay. It's nice to see the notebook maker is making a move toward better technologies. I have not yet follow too much about 3G but I hope it enhances the range and the speed. Current speed and range is just not that great for a notebook.
MonkeyMan said:
Very nice upgrade. Notebook technology just keeps getting better and better with every new release. It looks like notebook PC's are competing with desktop PC's for 2006. It's getting to the point now, where having a notebook PC is a requirement lol.
nathanskywalker said:
just in case anyone wants an explanation on 3g...[url]http://www.darwinmag.com/learn/curve/column.html?A
ticleID=182[/url]And a little more on Dell...[url]http://networks.silicon.com/broadband/0,39024661
39155923,00.htm[/url][quote]Very nice upgrade. Notebook technology just keeps getting better and better with every new release. It looks like notebook PC's are competing with desktop PC's for 2006. It's getting to the point now, where having a notebook PC is a requirement lol.[/quote]No kidding, i've thinking the same thing. While notebooks are still much more expensive ,and much more difficult to work on and upgrade, they have been making some major advancements. For instance, i don't know what company...or brand, but someone i know just got a new laptop....i do believe it supports at least a gig of memory. WOw, of course it may not be upgradeable past that point, but notebooks are "really getting up there". I don't even have a gig for my desktop yet///think i'm gonna fix that.....
mentaljedi said:
My friend also just got an Acer laptop. Is Acer good compared to the other laptop makers? Which would be the best for a balance in price, performance and of course, appearence?
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