Tarsus Technologies has announced the availability of HP's range of NC6400 notebooks with embedded UMTS and HSDPA functionality.
The new notebooks will allow users to seamlessly connect to the fastest and most cost-effective Internet connectivity methodology, namely HSDPA without the need for any additional hardware. In areas where HSDPA coverage is limited, the notebooks will also have the ability to scale down to standard 3G, EDGE and GPRS connectivity.
Jason McMillan, HP product manager at Tarsus states that with this new option, all that is needed to take advantage of high-speed connectivity is an active SIM card on the Vodacom network. The same functionality will also be available for MTN clients in the next few months.
"There is no longer a need to carry around a separate piece of hardware - one simply slots the SIM card into a port located in the back cover of the notebook and they are ready to go live," he says. "It is an integrated module, so there is no chance of users leaving their connectivity behind, or losing the hardware that they would normally need to connect to the mobile networks."
The integrated modules lend themselves to more effective power management, allowing executives to get as much mobile use from their notebooks as they did before.
"We predict that the NC6400 will achieve great success in South Africa, and HP will soon be announcing the availability of the same functionality on its NC4400, TC4400 and NC8430 platforms."