Leading mobile network operator Orange has penned a three-year contract with Hewlett-Packard to distribute consumer-oriented notebooks integrated with broadband capabilities across its distribution network in entire Europe.
Initially, the notebooks will be offered only in a few countries, including the UK, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, and Austria, and eventually roll out the internet-ready notebook PCs across its entire European network.
Announced an evening before the Mobile World Congress, the deal indicates that the duo will market and co-distribute a whole range of laptops and HP Minis, either with mobile broadband, fixed broadband package, or both.
One such offer includes the all new Compaq Mini 700 which lets customers in UK to get hold over an internet-ready notebook with a price-tag worth £30 a month, with the price includes a 3GB data allowance, broadband service with dongle, and 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Asserting the significance of the new contract, Olaf Swantee, senior enterprise VP for Orange communications services, said in a statement, “The demand for mobile broadband is a global phenomenon. Adding a select range of HP Notebooks and Minis to our successful portfolio of connected offers is just the kick-off phase”.
The deal would offer boost to Orange’s mobile broadband services, which marked an impressive growth of 81 percent to 23.2 million consumers last year.
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HP is trying to catch up with the likes of Acer and Asus. Getting a Europe-wide deal with Orange means that hundred of thousands of HP-branded netbooks will certainly be on customers laps by the end of the year. HP's range currently consists of a couple of netbooks - the mini 700 and the Mini note model with the promise of more to come