HP launches prepaid 3G service for laptops

HP launches prepaid 3G service for laptops
HP launches prepaid 3G service for laptops
New DataPass service allows owners of select HP models to purchase 3G internet packages on the go

Looking to grab some 3G connectivity for your notebook without being burdened by contracts and cancellation fees? If so, then HP's latest announcement will likely come as a relief to internet seekers on the go. In a press release today, the company announced that they will be introducing a prepaid 3G service which will give HP laptops access to the Nationwide Sprint Network.

According to the press release, HP’s new DataPass service will be making certain packages available to owners of HP notebooks equipped with Qualcomm Gobi 3G radio modules. Upon purchase of any bandwidth package, users will have access to Sprint’s 3G network from anywhere within the United States.

Sadly, the available packages are a tad limited and also have an expiration date attached. The bundles begin from a modest 75MB valid for 5 hours priced at $5 and range all the way up to 1GB for $30 valid for a complete month. However, HP is also offering a two week 50MB free trial for all eligible users looking to try out the service. The free trial can be activated by simply downloading HP's connectivity manager which takes care of all DataPass related functions.

As of now, the DataPass service is available in the newly announced HP business models but should make its way to all 3G capable notebooks soon enough.

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Author: Omar Qudsi, 2011-05-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)