HP, AT&T Wireless has EDGE with High-speed Wireless Connectivity

11/24/2003 - HP (NYSE:HPQ) announced it is working with AT&T Wireless to offer mobile professionals connectivity to EDGE, the fastest national wireless data network.

Connecting to the AT&T Wireless' EDGE network via a wireless PCMCIA card modem, HP notebook and Tablet PC users can increase their productivity while on the go by accessing business applications such as e-mail, Internet, intranet, company databases and enterprise application at speeds up to three times that of a dial-up connection. Customers can expect to receive average download data rates between 100-130 kilobits per second with speed bursts up to 200 kbps.

"HP further outpaces the competition in wireless Internet by making EDGE technology available to customers using notebook and Tablet PCs so they can increase business communication cycle times and improve corporate productivity," said Kevin Frost, vice president of notebook marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. "Companies also get a great return on their investment because workers can stay connected to the network for longer periods of time and at higher speeds."

Customers can order the entire solution quickly and easily online, including service activation, through http://www.hp.com/go/wan. This Web site provides a simple, one-stop shopping experience for customers' wireless needs. Customers signing up for a two-year contract on the AT&T Wireless Mobile Internet $79.99 Unlimited Data Plan can purchase a Sony Ericsson EDGE modem card and software for $149 (after mail-in rebate).(1)

With the addition of EDGE service, HP now offers one of the broadest wireless wide area network offerings. Customers can choose up to four different carriers and PC card solutions. HP conducts comprehensive compatibility and certification testing to help ensure the wireless solutions work seamlessly with a variety of HP notebook and Tablet PCs, including the ultra-portable HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000 and the award-winning HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100.

The recently introduced HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100 is a versatile, full-function, mobile PC with increased power and performance. It incorporates a low-voltage Intel® Pentium® M processor and wireless capabilities supporting the CentrinoTM brand to provide users an industry-leading battery life of up to four hours.

The Tablet PC functions both as a tablet and a highly portable notebook PC. When used as a tablet, the device captures digital ink as it flows from an electronic pen onto the PC's screen. When typing is preferred, users can simply attach a lightweight, removable keyboard, which is shipped standard with the offering.

The HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000 is a 3.5-pound ultra-portable notebook PC that delivers up to seven hours of battery life.(2) In addition to optional EDGE connectivity, it also features additional wireless capabilities such as 802.11 a/b/g and BluetoothTM connectivity. The longer battery life and more secure wireless communication options allow users to stay connected longer and remain productive no matter where they are.

The HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000 and the HP Tablet PC TC1100 can be customized with a full range of options. Available now, they can be purchased through participating resellers, at http://www.hp.com or by phone at +1 800 888 0220.

About HP
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing for consumers, enterprises and small and medium businesses. For the last four quarters, HP revenue totaled $71.3 billion. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Price reflects mail-in rebate of $100. To qualify, customers will need to sign up for eligible minimum two-year service agreement and unlimited data plan between Nov. 18, 2004, and Jan. 31, 2004. Activation fee, monthly service fee and other taxes, fees and charges apply and will be billed by AT&T Wireless directly. Mail-in rebate offer ends Jan. 31, 2004. Additional restrictions apply.
(2) Optional travel battery purchased separately. Battery time varies by usage patterns.

Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks and Centrino is a trademark of Intel Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by its proprietor and used by Hewlett-Packard Company under license.

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