3G broadband access cards have become a life-saver for a lot of business travelers who regularly struggle to find a good Internet connection on the road. The problem is that 3G coverage also has dead spots and you can't roam across different carriers. Plus, you have to carry wireless access cards to insert into a PCMCIA, ExpressCard, or USB port on your laptop.
Qualcomm is trying to overcome those issue with its new Gobi Mobile Internet technology, an embedded chip for laptops that can connect to a variety of different 3G carriers — including both HSPA and EVDO. Learn more in this interview with Mike Concannon, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm.
Here are some of the manufacturers that are integrating Gobi into their laptops:
- Hewlett Packard
Here are some of the carriers that are participating in the Gobi platform:
- Verizon Wireless
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