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Starting next year, Dell will include an EVDO card as an internal mini-PCI component in high-end laptops: The Wall Street Journal says Verizon Wireless is negotiating with other makers, including Lenovo, which purchased IBM’s laptop line.
This integration of EVDO into the computer’s innards is reminiscent of the 2003 Centrino launch. At the time, an Intel executive told me in an interview that the company would fold in cellular data standards into future releases of Centrino technology. Instead, Intel seems focused on mobile WiMax, which won’t be a reality until 2007 or later, rather than the here and now of 3G cellular.
Ninety percent of Dell’s laptops have Wi-Fi built in when sold and about 55 million laptops with Wi-Fi should ship this year.
Posted by Glennf at September 19, 2005 10:58 AM
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