I’ve been using Verizon Wireless MiFi (portable hotspot) to provide wireless Internet access to my notebook. I’ve recently been trying out Google’s Chromebook and it has built in broadband wireless access from Verizon Wireless. It’s nice to not have a separate device to turn on (and worry about charging) when working away from a WiFi hotspot.
Instead of paying a high monthly fee, many vendors are offering a pay as you go service so you can better monetize your broadband use and cash flow.
Hewlett-Packard said on Monday it will start offering pay-as-you-go 3G mobile broadband services for its business laptops as the company looks to package more services with PCs.
HP is offering the DataPass mobile broadband service with its new 3G-enabled Elitebook business laptops, which were also announced on Monday. The service provides access to 3G data networks in the U.S., and does not require a user to sign a monthly or yearly contract with a wireless carrier.
The DataPass service can be purchased easily in blocks through the laptop, and users don’t need to pay any activation fee, said Mike Hockey, an HP spokesman. With plans starting at US$5, the service is good for quick access to the Internet for different durations at places like airports or hotels, where Internet access could otherwise be expensive.
Users can buy a US$5 data plan for 75MB of data over 5 hours, $10 for 150MB of data over 3 days, $20 for 450MB of data over 14 days, or $30 for 1GB of data over 30 days.
For your next notebook, to be most productive get built in wireless broadband.