HP announces HSDPA laptop

The company has become the fourth notebook manufacturer to integrate Vodafone's 3G Broadband technology

HP has joined Acer, Lenovo and Dell in offering laptops with embedded Vodafone super-3G technology.

The manufacturer announced the move on Thursday, saying the first notebook to include embedded HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access) — or, as Vodafone call it, 3G Broadband — will be the Compaq 6400.

HP's UK representatives weren't immediately able to say when the HSDPA-enabled laptops will go on sale, or how much they would cost.

"Expanding the range of HP Broadband Wireless notebooks to include mobile connectivity from Vodafone and worldwide standards such as 3G/3G broadband is critically important to addressing a truly global customer need for pervasive, high-speed wireless access when out of the office," said Steven Gales, HP's senior notebooks category manager, in a statement.

Nick Jeffery, Vodafone's global director of business marketing, said that working with HP is an "important part of Vodafone's plan to provide customers with ever more compelling mobile solutions so customers can experience the benefits of 3G and 3G broadband".

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