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HP Launches Pre-paid 3G Service for Notebooks

HP today launched a new service that will see the company offer 3G broadband on a pay-as-you-go basis. Dubbed HP DataPass, the service promises high-speed mobile broadband through a range of different plans starting from $5 for 75MB over five hours. The top-tier plan offers a 1GB data allowance over a 30-day period for $30. The service is made possible thanks to an agreement with Peregrine Network that allows HP to hang onto the coattails of the Nationwide Sprint Network owned by Sprint Nextel. 



The launch of DataPass coincides with the arrival of the company’s new 3G-enabled laptops for business users. The 12.1-inch EliteBook 2760p and the 12.5-inch EliteBook 2560p are Sandy Bridge upgrades to the 2740p and 2540p, with the former being a convertible Windows 7 tablet with options for Core i5 and i7 and an estimated 5.5 hours of battery. The 2560p packs the same sleek, metal exterior and CPU options but ditches the swiveling display option for a smaller price tag. The 2760p starts at $1,500 while the 2560p starts at $1,100

HP also introduced the 13.3-inch ProBook 5330m, which comes either Core i3 or i5 under the hood, Beats audio and a snazzy back-lit keyboard. With prices starting at $800, this is the cheapest of the bunch.

Check out the DataPass website for details on signing up for a free trial.

  • eddieroolz
    1GB for top tier, what is this, Canada?
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  • memadmax
    I want to see this for tablets, then you'll be rockin...
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  • Thunderfox
    Let me pay $30 for 1 gig over a year, and I'd do it. To have to use it up in 30 days makes it worthless. I just want it thete if I need it for something while I'm out, not to use regularly.

    Unless you spend a lot of time waiting in lines at airports, or sitting on long bus / train rides, or you need it for business reasons, I don't understand how people justify their $70 a month phone bills just so they can watch youtube in their car at a stoplight. If I leave the house I generally have a place to go and something to do there, so unless there is substantial downtime along the way, I don't have time to play with a phone anyway.
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  • custodian-1
    ThunderfoxLet me pay $30 for 1 gig over a year, and I'd do it. To have to use it up in 30 days makes it worthless. I just want it thete if I need it for something while I'm out, not to use regularly. Unless you spend a lot of time waiting in lines at airports, or sitting on long bus / train rides, or you need it for business reasons, I don't understand how people justify their $70 a month phone bills just so they can watch youtube in their car at a stoplight. If I leave the house I generally have a place to go and something to do there, so unless there is substantial downtime along the way, I don't have time to play with a phone anyway.

    +1
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  • mchuf
    $30 for 1 gig in a 30 day period? Does that plan come with a tube of K-Y? Honestly, $15 or $20 at the most.

    I do agree with Thunderfox though about people and their wireless plans. A friend of mine regularly spends $250 - $300 a month on his iPhone plan with Verizon. Sure he uses it for work because he is on the road most of the day and his company splits the cost with him. But I always catch him doing stuff with it (Facebook, MLB.com, etc.) while he and his gf are out. He really is addicted to his social media.
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  • virtualban
    ThunderfoxLet me pay $30 for 1 gig over a year, and I'd do it. To have to use it up in 30 days makes it worthless. I just want it thete if I need it for something while I'm out, not to use regularly. Unless you spend a lot of time waiting in lines at airports, or sitting on long bus / train rides, or you need it for business reasons, I don't understand how people justify their $70 a month phone bills just so they can watch youtube in their car at a stoplight. If I leave the house I generally have a place to go and something to do there, so unless there is substantial downtime along the way, I don't have time to play with a phone anyway.+2
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  • scook9
    Pretty sure tethering with my Android phone (whether or not the carrier likes it) is free and gets me unlimited data for $30/month........and that is already paid for, paying for multiple data plans is just stupid
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  • fir_ser
    These services are expensive, so they are targeted at specific business users.
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