updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon October 22, 2007
HP Notebooks Get Sprint 3G
HP today announced that multiple notebook models would soon have the option of embedded 3G cellular Internet access from Sprint, allowing the devices to connect to Sprint's EVDO Revision A network at several hundred kilobits per second without a separate network adapter consuming a card slot or USB port. The upgrade will affect models as small as HP's Compaq 2710p convertible tablet (pictured) and should scale up to the 14-inch Compaq 6510b, the 15.4-inch 6910p, as well as the Compaq 8510p and 8510w desktop replacements at 15.4 and 17 inches respectively.
All four systems require a subscription to Sprint's Mobile Broadband data plan to use their built-in connection but will come with a free month of service for those who sign a new contract, according to HP. Prices for systems preloaded with the EVDO hardware start at $929 for the Compaq 6510b and peak with the $2,049 Compaq 8510w. The new models should be ready for orders beginning today.