Qualcomm’s Gobi 3000 to provide HP with 3G laptop connectivity
Qualcomm Inc. announced that its Gobi 3000 embedded wireless product will enabling a new form of pay-as-you-go mobile broadband data service in laptops from HP. Labeled as the HP DataPass, pay-as-you-go will provide consumers with data plans for those occasionally traveling while avoiding service contracts.
By providing Gobi 3000 embedded wireless products in HP laptops, corporate contracts and IT managers will have more flexible enterprise mobility solution to better meet the needs of its employees who travel excessively. DataPass will offer nationwide coverage on Sprint’s CDMA network and priced between $10 for 100MB to $30 for 1GB per month. HP will also be offering customers an option to test its service free for 14 days as a trail on a 100MB service.
“Our Gobi technology is enabling advanced mobile data services on PC and tablet products from top-tier OEMs,” said Fram Akiki, senior director of product management for Qualcomm. “Innovative pay-as-you-go plans like HP DataPass will provide network operators with new and untapped channels of service and deliver mobile broadband to a broader set of end users.”
Qualcomm’s Gobi technology provides embedded connectivity solutions for all major carrier networks worldwide. The solution features the Gobi Application Programming Interface (API) combined with industry leading modem chipsets to help spur innovation in mobile broadband connectivity for PC and tablet OEMs.