Dell, HP Notebooks Will Have Verizon Wireless Chips

Hewlett-Packard and Dell plan early next year to start selling laptops with embedded radios that allow users to access the Internet via the Verizon Wireless data network, the two manufacturers have said separately.

In the meantime, Dell has begun selling an external PC card that allows users to access Verizon's Evolution Data Optimized (EVDO) network. HP plans to offer a similar card in the coming weeks. HP appears to be positioning its new push to offer the Verizon services against the Wi-Fi market. The Verizon service will offer customers high-speed data access "that extends beyond the reach of today's current patchwork of Wi-Fi hot spots," an HP representative said.

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