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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.