The seemingly unstoppable success of mobile broadband looks set to take another step forward next month when Vodafone starts selling Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 ultra-mobile device with built-in mobile connectivity.
Unlike other laptops currently on offer from the mobile networks, the new Dell machines do not require an external USB modem to connect to the web, something likely to be welcomed by anyone who has suffered shortened battery life due to the power needs of the current range of modems.
“More and more consumers want an easy and quick way to connect to the Internet, but there are times when they also want to catch up with emails on a screen larger than a mobile without compromising portability. We have taken the natural step to marry together great ultra-mobile technology with the UK’s fastest and most reliable mobile broadband service,” says Nick Read, CEO of Vodafone UK.
“Thanks to the very compact size of the Inspiron Mini 9, and the Vodafone built-in Internet access, customers can now use a single device to log on and access their emails, read the latest news headlines, or update their blog or social networking page as they travel home from work on the train or while they take a break for coffee.”
Weighing in at only 1.035kg, the Inspiron Mini 9 includes a built-in webcam, Bluetooth, sealed keyboard, reliable solid state disc (SSD) drive, and bright 8.9-inch glossy LED display (1024×600).
Michael Lombardo, VP & General Manger, Consumer, Dell Europe said “Technology has become an essential part of how people connect with one another – whether it’s surfing the Web, chatting with friends, keeping updated on the latest news, sharing photos or social networking. UK customers will now be provided with a greater choice in connectivity options that will enable them to stay in touch whenever, wherever.”