Vodafone has announced plans to take PDA’s, laptops and tablet pc’s from Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Psion Teklogix and Toshiba wireless with global agreements.
The service dubbed “Connected by Vodafone” is actually an extension of their mobile office offering that began earlier this month. The devices will come pre-configured to access the GPRS network, simplifying the connection and setup process.
Thomas Geitner, Chief Executive, Global Products and Services, Vodafone, said, “By providing an integrated mobile data and IT solution from a single source, ‘Connected by Vodafone’ is a step change in the way in which business customers can fulfil their mobile business needs. By partnering with IT vendors to integrate, configure and test mobile access at the point of manufacture, business customers can now choose to purchase their preferred integrated mobile hardware device in the knowledge that it will be fully supported by their supplier of choice. IT departments benefit as supply, implementation and support complexities are eliminated, ultimately providing users with a superior experience and greater assurance as to the reliability and robustness of the solution.”
There’s been a lot of interest in Europe regarding the Dell Axim product line. Unfortunatley Dell is said to be releasing laptops for this program, not their PPC. At least, not yet anyway. HP’s new GPRS iPAQ may be in the cards though, so stay tuned for more developments.