Free Wireless Internet Cards
BroadbandLaptops.com maintains daily offers of free wireless internet cards. We feature both USB dongles and PCMCIA cards. Some of the wireless cards are for a laptop or a mac, and some are dual band supporting a 3g broadband network and a 4G broadband network. These free laptop broadband offers can be found here:
Netbook News’ uncovered a prototype Quanta netbook fashioned with embedded wimax broadband. Quanta is one of the many Taiwanese original device manufacturers (ODM), and is the company that manufacturers most of the devices that Apple offers. Device and design aestetics aside, the mini laptop manufacturers should focus their manufacturing and marketing of laptops and netbooks with embedded broadband. This should be true for 3g, wimax, and lte broadband.
Customers of Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable can expect a free wifi bundle as part of their high speed broadband services. The cable companies have already developed their own networks of public wifi hotspots, however the companies have now combined their wifi hotspots so that all of their customers have city wide free wifi for use on their laptops while mobile. Customers of all three cable companies will be able to freely roam on the combined public wifi network throughout the New York metropolitan area including parts of New Jersey. No word yet on timing and service availability of the free wifi bundles that will likely be offered with the cable companies fixed broadband services.
ABI Research released a report last week claiming that Verizon Wireless and Sprint each carried more than 16 billion more megabytes of mobile data than AT&T during 2009. This surprised many given that AT&T carries the Apple iPhone, which may be the most widely used mobile device for data. However, ABI cited wireless broadband usage by laptop customers on Verizon and Sprints 3G and 4G networks. Broadband laptops consume much greater amounts of mobile data, and Verizon and Sprint have more laptop users of mobile broadband.
ABI counted air cards, USB dongles, and embedded broadband laptops in their research. They did not however, break out wireless data consumption by laptop access.
Dell introduced several mobile broadband computing products at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show. An Inspiron Mini 10 was shown which showcased the combination of mobile DTV, WiFi, and embedded broadband featuring mobile video and live television. Dell also announced that the company is adding mobile DTV capabilities to other product lines including its’ much anticipated phone the Dell Mini 5.
Several vendors also showed USB receivers which enable any laptop with a USB connection to receive live television while mobile. These receivers resemble USB dongles used for mobile broadband connections.
Vermont Gets Lit Up With 3G Mobile Broadband
AT&T continues to make upgrades to its’ 3G mobile broadband network. AT&T customers in Bennington, Brattleboro, Brownsville, Killington, Vernon, and Warren will go live this week on a rolling basis. More cities throughout the Vermont state area will be upgraded by December 31st, with the remainder of the state being upgraded during 2010. Full press release.
Verizon Mobile Broadband Customers Get Free WiFi
Verizon Wireless announced today that mobile broadband laptop customers can now access free wifi throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico at no additional charge. Customers must use VZAccess Manager on their laptops, and must have an existing mobile broadband plan. All Verizon computing devices are supported including usb mobile broadband modems, wireless pc cards, Verizon Wireless MiFi, and laptops and netbooks with built in mobile broadband.
McDonald’s and AT&T Team Up to Offer Free Unlimited WiFi Nationwide
McDonald’s will offer free unlimited wireless in all of its’ restaurants in the United States starting in mid-January of 2010. The free wifi will be supplied by AT&T, and will be available in 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants across the US. The free wifi will complement the McCafe product offerings which feature coffee and accompiments that make McDonald’s restaurants destinations beyond breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Customers will definitely increase their average time in attendance at most restaurants given unlimited wifi usage, and expanding use of mobile broadband laptops. Soon it won’t be unusual to see customers enjoying a meal at McDonald’s while surfing the web on their mobile broadband laptop.
TeliaSonera Rolls Out LTE Broadband For Laptops in Stockholm & Oslo
TeliaSonera teamed with Samsung to offer consumers LTE mobile broadband for laptops using a Samsung 4G USB modem. Mobile broadband laptop users in Stockholm (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway) can now sign up for mobile broadband service for $84 dollars per month, for 30 GB data at data rates up to 80 Mbps (megabits per second). TeliaSonera is believed to be the first wireless provider in the world to deploy LTE (Long Term Evolution), which is 4G wireless broadband. Expect TeliaSonera to deploy LTE in 3 more cities in Norway, and 25 more cities in Sweden during the 2010 fiscal year. It isn’t clear is consumers must buy the Samsung USB modem, or if it comes free with mobile broadband laptop service.
UPDATE: Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM is reporting that TeliaSonera is offering introductory LTE prices of less than $1 per month!
Fujitsu Debuts LifeBook UH900 Laptop With Built-In Mobile Broadband
Fujitsu introduced a powerful handheld mobile broadband laptop with built in 3G connectivity. The Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 sports a 5.6 inch multitouch screen with full support for Windows 7. It also has a 62GB SSD and WXGA display resolution. Pricing and availability aren’t announced as of yet, but we’ll update as soon as we have them.