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Lenovo offers branded no-contract mobile broadband

Lenovo has announced the launch of the new, no-contract mobile broadband service for users of its ThinkPad notebooks. The new service is called Lenovo Mobile Access and is intended to give both consumers and business users choice and flexibility for connecting the online services on a budget.
 
Lenovo reports that the service is now embedded across select models of its ThinkPad line that are available right now in the U.S. and nine different European countries. There are multiple plan options including one that only costs $1.95 and gives 30 minutes of access to mobile broadband. Presumably, the intention of the plan with that little access would be to give people the chance to check e-mail or send e-mail on the go.
 
Lenovo will also offer a full day pass for $8.95. People that need access on more ongoing basis will be able to sign up for plans monthly, with monthly billing if desired, offering 2 GB or 6 GB of data access. Pricing on the monthly plans is unannounced at this time.
 
Any Lenovo notebook that ships with an embedded mobile broadband modem will be able to access Lenovo Mobile Access. A single SIM card inside the notebook is used for global access allowing users to still connect to the internet even when roaming in other countries.
 
"We live in world where it's not only undesirable to be without online access, it's often disruptive to businesses. For that reason we wanted to create a flexible mobile broadband solution that would be unparalleled in its ability to help business users stay connected and working," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit, Lenovo. “Fundamentally, Lenovo Mobile Access gives individual and corporate customers options to determine how, when and where they want to connect with online applications and services, all at a price that fits their budget."

Source: Lenovo



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Speed and data caps?
By Denithor on 6/11/2012 12:19:54 PM , Rating: 2
This article really leaves some big gaps in the info.

What speed is this, 3G or 4G?

Are there data caps on the 30 minute and 1 day passes?




RE: Speed and data caps?
By R6Raven on 6/11/2012 12:26:10 PM , Rating: 2
I can't speak to the data caps, but I was at a Lenovo seminar just a couple weeks ago and they confirmed it was running on the Sprint network.


RE: Speed and data caps?
By Trisped on 6/11/2012 5:24:38 PM , Rating: 2
From http://mobile.lenovo.com/docs/FAQ_US.pdf
quote:
Prepaid Mobile Broadband provides service on a “pay as you go” basis. To use the service, you purchase a “Time Pass”. A Time Pass consists of both a set time period and data allowance for Internet use. If you reach your time or data limit, your Time Pass will expire and you will need to purchase another Time Pass to continue accessing the Internet.
Similarly, if your account balance runs low, you can “refill” your account. There is no
contractual commitment. Lenovo Mobile Access rate plans fit the way you work and live, with
30 minute, hour, day, and month Time Passes. This service is available with select Lenovo
laptops and tablets.
And also:
quote:
Mobile Broadband Time Passes have different pricing based on where you are when you need access and how much access you’d like to purchase. You can view pricing for your current location by selecting the “Buy a Time Pass” option from the top navigation on the Lenovo Mobile Access website found at https://mobile.lenovo.com.
So yes, their are both time and data limits. To determine what those limits are you would need to setup an account to see what rates are available in your area.


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