ATandT, Lenovo Unveil Lenovo PCs for Cost-Conscious Businesses
Network operator AT&T and computer maker Lenovo
announced the bundling of AT&T Tech Support 360 with select Lenovo PCs, in
an effort to reach out to small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). These
businesses can purchase Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 and T400 laptops and ThinkCentre
A58 small form factor desktops, the first devices to be bundled with AT&T
Tech Support 360, and save up to $200 through February 2010.
AT&T Tech Support 360 provides 24/7 online IT support,
including assistance with wireless network setup, software installation and
training, setup of security software and configuration of peripherals -
including PDAs and printers. In addition, AT&T Tech Support 360 technicians
can provide training on Windows 7, the latest operating system from Microsoft.
Coming after recent announcements regarding AT&T's expanded offer of Tech
Support 360 to midsized businesses and its planned inclusion of Intel vPro
technology, this announcement marks the first time that AT&T Tech Support
360 has been bundled with a computer purchase.
"The ability to reliably and knowledgeably use
computers and software is becoming increasingly important for small and midsize
businesses to remain competitive," said Ebrahim Keshavarz, vice president
of business development for AT&T. "Our goal is to help these
businesses take advantage of the latest technology - as well as provide
support, training, and troubleshooting for these solutions - so they can focus
on growing their business."
The ThinkPad SL510 carries a starting price of $499 and
offers a 15.6-inch screen, Windows 7 Home Premium, and six-cell lithium ion
battery. The Elite model, which sports an Intel Core2 Duo processor and 250 GB
hard drive, also includes mobile broadband. The T400 laptops range from
$739-$1,169 and include features like 2 GB of memory, recordable DVD drives and
Intel WiFi Link 5300 with My WiFi technology, and all models are integrated
mobile broadband upgradable. The ThinkCentre A58 desktops range from $479-$489
and run Windows 7 Professional and offer Intergraded Enet 10 -1000 Intel G41
"Think PCs are built for business, and for today's SMB customer, we've equipped our Think PCs with the right blend of blazing-fast performance, valuable multimedia and wireless connectivity features and affordability to fit any budget," said Stephen DiFranco, vice president of Lenovo North America's channel partners organization. "Packaging Lenovo PC hardware and services from AT&T into one IT solution helps get businesses up and running quickly and staying productive around the clock."