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HP to Embed Sprint Mobile Broadband Service in Business Notebook PCs

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that it will integrate Sprint mobile broadband capabilities into several HP business notebook PCs, giving mobile professionals convenient access to the fastest and largest U.S. mobile broadband network.1

The companies will jointly market HP business notebooks that can take advantage of the dynamic features of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, such as the faster data speeds provided by 3G EV-DO Rev. A technology.2

When on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, HP business customers will be able to enjoy wireless connections at broadband speeds to corporate networks, email and the Internet without being tied to a wireless hotspot.3 Customers also will be equipped for more powerful applications and services as they become available.

“HP is working with a mobility pioneer such as Sprint to further drive richer and more pervasive on-the-go computing,” said Ann Avery, product manager, Commercial Notebooks – North America, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Businesses of all sizes are looking for speedy, convenient connectivity to the people and information that is most important to them, and our broad portfolio of wireless business notebooks together with the extensive speed and coverage of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network delivers.”

In October 2006, Sprint became the first carrier to commercially deploy its mobile broadband network with the faster 3G EV-DO Rev. A technology and has updated the vast majority of its mobile broadband network to EV-DO Rev. A. Sprint covers more square miles, cities and airports with mobile broadband than any other carrier.

“Sprint continues to expand the ways it can give customers quick and easy access to the information they need, all at SprintSpeed™,” said Tom Moore, director of mobile business applications, Sprint. “We look forward to combining the coverage and speed of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network with a quality notebook vendor like HP to keep customers better connected and more productive.”

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HP mobile broadband notebook PCs
Across the lineup, HP business notebook PCs feature security, reliability and ease of use innovations such as Drive Encryption for HP Protect Tools, HP DuraKeys4 and HP QuickLook, which with a touch of a button allows users to browse email, calendars and contact information in as little as 10 seconds.5 HP business notebooks that will integrate Sprint Mobile Broadband service, including support for EV-DO Rev. A technology, include the following models, as well as additional models expected later this year:

  • HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC – Weighing only 3.6 pounds,6 this sleek, ultra-thin convertible notebook combines conventional notebook productivity with tablet PC flexibility. It features an optional7 integrated camera for convenient video conferencing, image capture and integrated business card reader software, as well as HP NightLight on the keyboard to improve visibility in low-light conditions.
  • HP Compaq 6510b Notebook PC – This notebook boasts a low-profile, 14.1-inch diagonal widescreen display that offers 30 percent more viewing content than the standard 15-inch diagonal XGA display.
  • HP Compaq 6910p Notebook PC – With industry-leading battery life of up to five hours and 45 minutes8 and weighing only 4.7 pounds,6 this notebook is designed with enhanced reliability features for on-the-move productivity. The Ultra-slim MultiBay II drive bay7 allows users to swap optical drives for increased storage or optimal travel weight.
  • HP Compaq 8510 series – This notebook PC and mobile workstation offer a choice of intense graphics from ATI and NVIDIA in a 6.1 pound,6 highly mobile design. Users also can develop, record, re-write and playback high-definition video, as well as store up to 50 gigabytes (GB) of data, with optional Blu-ray DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive.(7,9,10)

Pricing and availability(11)
HP business notebook PCs with integrated Sprint Mobile Broadband service are expected to be available starting in October. Sprint Mobile Broadband service package pricing will vary. Estimated U.S. street prices for the HP Compaq Notebook PCs:

  • HP Compaq 2710p Notebook PC starts at $1,599.
  • HP Compaq 6510b Notebook PC starts at $929.
  • HP Compaq 6910p Notebook PC starts at $1,199.
  • HP Compaq 8510p Notebook PC starts at $1,479, and the HP Compaq 8510w Mobile Workstation starts at $2,049.

For a limited time, customers who purchase an HP notebook that includes embedded Sprint connectivity are eligible to get a free month of Sprint Mobile Broadband service when they sign up for a one- or two-year service agreement. A credit check and approval are required to qualify for Sprint Mobile Broadband service and subsequent monthly fees apply.(12)

More information on these HP notebook PCs with built-in Sprint Mobile Broadband service and other HP mobility solutions is available at http://www.hp.com/go/Mobility2007.

More information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage and service plans, is available at http://www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.

About HP
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $100.5 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2007. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

1 Fastest claim based on total network size (square miles) multiplied by network upload/download speed capability. User speed experience may vary. Largest claim based on total network size (square miles). Coverage not available everywhere. See sprint.com/coverage for details.

2 Average upload speeds range from 350 to 500 kbps, peaking at 1.8 Mbps. Average download speeds range from 600 kbps to 1.4 Mbps, peaking at 3.1 Mbps.

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3 Wireless use requires separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for availability and coverage. Available in select countries only.

4 Only offered on “p” class models.

5 From sleep mode. Time will vary depending on configuration and state. HP QuickLook works with Microsoft Vista™ operating system only.

6 Weight will vary by configuration.

7 Purchased as an additional add-on or separately

8 Battery life will vary depending on the product: model, configuration, loaded applications, features and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and usage.

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9 Double-layer discs can store more data than single-layer discs. However, double-layer discs burned with this drive may not be compatible with many existing single-layer DVD drives and players. Note that DVD-RAM cannot read or write to 2.6 GB Single Sided/5.2 GB Double Sided – Version 1.0 media. Does not permit copying of commercially available DVD movies or other copyright materials. Intended for creation and storage of original material and other lawful uses.

(10) HP recommends having the notebook connected to AC power while writing to a Blu-ray disc. Users should not move the system while writing to a Blu-ray disc. HD-DVD movies cannot be played on this Notebook PC. This Blu-ray drive does not support writing to ultra-high speed CD-RW media (16x to 32x advertised performance).

(11) Actual prices may vary.

(12) Free Month Offer: Expires Dec. 31, 2008. Subject to change. Free month offer requires signing up for one of the following: one-year subscriber agreement for the domestic Connection Card Plan ($79.99) or North American Connection Card Plan ($109.99), or two-year subscriber agreement for the domestic Connection Card plan at $59.99 (net of all discounts). A service credit will be applied to accounts within 1-3 bill cycles. Taxes surcharges, and additional content or applications charges excluded. See http://www.hp.com/go/sprint for complete offer details, price plans, service terms and conditions, and coverage map. Credit approval required. $200 early termination fee applies if service is not cancelled within first 30 days. Click the Sprint icon on the HP notebook’s desktop for service activation. Coverage not available everywhere – see http://www.sprint.com/coverage for details. Terms and conditions and additional restrictions apply. May not be combined with other offers.

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