Press Release: April 05, 2006
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Cingular, HP Collaborate on Global 3G-Powered Notebooks Future HP business notebooks to integrate Cingular BroadbandConnect

Cingular Wireless and HP – two long-time collaborators in the delivery of innovative wireless services – today announced a marketing agreement that will integrate Cingular’s BroadbandConnect into future HP business notebooks.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, April 5, 2006

Cingular Wireless and HP – two long-time collaborators in the delivery of innovative wireless services – today announced a marketing agreement that will integrate Cingular’s BroadbandConnect  into future HP business notebooks.

HP is expected to be the first company to provide customers with global 3G capabilities when it expands its range of broadband wireless notebooks to integrate Cingular’s critically acclaimed UMTS/HSDPA-based technology later this year.  Customers will be able to enjoy wireless access to email, the Internet and critical business data 1 both in the United States – either with BroadbandConnect or high-speed EDGE services – and abroad in more than 100 countries worldwide in which there are UMTS or GPRS/EDGE networks available. BroadbandConnect service is expected to be available in most major U.S. markets by the end of this year.

“Cingular is a pioneer in the deployment of national, high-speed wireless data services and in the integration of wireless wide area network capabilities in portable computers,” said Jeff Bradley, vice president, business data services, for Cingular Wireless.  “We look forward to putting this wireless experience and expertise to work for HP as we team with them to bring notebook customers the global 3G wireless broadband technology of choice.”

“HP is taking mobile computing beyond borders and boundaries to something truly global as a result of our relationship with Cingular Wireless,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, HP. “The Cingular BroadbandConnect network together with our broad portfolio of mobile devices enable mobile professionals to stay more connected to the people and information that are most important to them.”

UMTS/HSDPA is the global standard and natural 3G evolutionary path for GSM providers with 45 countries currently offering UMTS service.  It provides average download speeds between 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), with bursts to more than one megabit per second (mbps).  

Cingular Wireless was the first carrier in the world to make HSDPA service widely available to customers.  Cingular’s UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect service is available today in 16 markets covering 52 cities, and is expected to be available in most major markets by the end of this year.  Cingular’s EDGE network, the largest national high-speed wireless data network in the U.S. with coverage in 13,000 cities and towns, provides average download speeds of up to 135kbps.

The agreement to include Cingular’s BroadbandConnect1 in HP notebooks is the latest in a series of collaborations between the two companies to bring the power of computing to a mobile environment.

HP has offered first Cingular GPRS- and then EDGE-enabled wireless PC modem cards to its customers for the past several years.  In 2005, Cingular and HP introduced two popular, cutting-edge wireless2 handheld devices – the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h6320/6325 and the HP iPAQ hw6500 series Mobile Messenger with built-in GPS3. 

“Our two companies have worked together for many years to give customers the best of both worlds – Cingular’s world-class wireless data technology coupled with HP’s powerful and innovative computing products,” Bradley said.  “It is an alliance that will only get stronger as Cingular and HP together bring to market global standard products that make it easier for customers to stay connected to a much wider selection of important information whether they are within our nation’s borders or abroad.”

Cingular Wireless provides wireless services to 95 of the Fortune 100 companies, and counts more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 1,200 federal, state and local government agencies as customers.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2006, HP revenue totaled $87.9 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 54.1 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between AT&T Inc., formerly SBC Communications Inc., (NYSE:T) , and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS) , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(TM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/ . Get Cingular Wireless press releases e-mailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://cingular.mediaroom.com/

  1. Wireless use requires separately purchased service contract. Access limited to coverage area of Cingular Wireless. Check with Cingular Wireless for availability and coverage in your area.
  2. A standard GSM/GPRS/EDGE infrastructure, other Bluetooth-enabled devices, separately purchased equipment, and a service contract with a wireless airtime provider may be required for applicable wireless communication. GSM/GPRS/EDGE Wireless Internet access requires separately purchased Internet service contract. Check with service provider for availability and coverage in your area. Not all web content available. GPRS/EDGE may not be available in all networks. GPRS/EDGE data transmission speeds may vary based upon network capabilities and other conditions. Establishment and continuation of a GPRS/EDGE connection depends on network availability, provider support and signal strength.
  3. In order to perform GPS navigation a software application and maps must be purchase separately at www.hp.com/go/gpsnavigation.

Bluetooth is a trademark owned by its proprietor and used by Hewlett-Packard Company under license.


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About HP

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