A few hours ago I wrapped up a fun webinar with intuit about business mobility – being productive out of the office. One of the things I shared was, “Four Corners of Mobility”. One of these four corners is “connectivity”.
WiFi and wireless broadband are two of the most popular ways to connect wirelessly to the Internet. For those who MUST have an internet connection everywhere they are, wireless broadband is a must. I use Verizon Wirelesses wireless broadband card, which works flawless. Sprint and AT&T have similar cards as well.
As you do more mobile collaboration (including video conferencing) and need “in office” internet access when outside the office, you’ll want and require faster and faster internet access.
Vendors know this and will continue to evolve their mobile products accordingly.
Today for example, Lenovo and Sprint announced support for Sprint 3G and 4G wireless connectivity in the U.S. across Lenovo’s line of ThinkPad laptops. All of Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptop models are 3G-enabled, and Lenovo offers the largest selection of 4G-enabled laptop models, including the recently introduced ThinkPad Edge laptops built for small to medium businesses.
“Adding Sprint to our network of supported carriers gives customers even more 3G choice and expanded connectivity points with the fast speeds of Sprint 4G,” said Dilip Bhatia, executive director, ThinkPad Product Marketing, Lenovo. “Demand for constant, fast wireless technology has become an expectation, and it’s now mission critical for doing business today.”
Update: Notebooks are not the only devices with high speed Internet but HTC announced:
At CTIA Wireless, Sprint and HTC announce the upcoming availability of the new HTC EVOTM 4G device to be offered this summer. The HTC EVO 4G is the world’s first 3G/4G Android device and offers one of the most robust multimedia experiences on a wireless phone. Sprint 4G delivers peak download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, giving HTC EVO 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. device available today.