Fujitsu LifeBook Laptops, Tablets Now Offer ATandT 3G Broadband

In a move designed to appeal to constant travelers and other road warrior professionals, Fujitsu expands support for AT&T's high-speed 3G broadband technology to multiple editions of its Fujitsu LifeBook notebooks and tablet PCs. Lenovo and Ericsson have also announced deals intended to attract mobile professionals to 3G cellular broadband network use.

Enterprise professionals who travel a substantial portion of the year may be interested in Fujitsu's expanding support for high-speed connectivity on many of its LifeBook notebooks and tablet PCs.

These revamped Fujitsu LifeBook laptops and tablets are designed to provide built-in access to AT&T's BroadbandConnect HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) network. This wireless option will cost $150 per device.

With the Feb. 3 announcement, Fujitsu is the second PC vendor in the last few months to offer AT&T's 3G broadband service for its notebooks. In October, Lenovo and Ericsson aimed to promote professionals' use of mobile networks and built-in connectivity by offering 3G broadband with Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops.

While not as well-known as Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo within the enterprise PC market, Fujitsu has attempted to carve itself more market share with laptops and other small form-factor computing devices that target mainstream corporate computing.

New features for the Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 Convertible Tablet PC include an AT&T HSUPA network, available immediately, and support for EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) in the second quarter of 2009. The Fujitsu LifeBook E8420 notebook will also have EvDO support at that time.

Fujitsu's LifeBook T1010, T2020 and P1630 convertible tablet PCs will also include AT&T's HSUPA network.

Both EvDO and HSUPA services provide 3G cellular broadband networks for mobile devices, which make it easier for enterprise users to wirelessly send large files such as business documents and videos.