Feeds

Dell ships notebook with 'super 3G' card

Promised HSDPA add-on available at last

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Exclusive Dell UK has begun selling a 3G network datacard kitted out with HSDPA high-speed download technology. The card is available to buy as an optional extra with the PC maker's Latitude D820 notebook computer.

Dell announced in January it would ship a machine with HSDPA support later this year. The following March, it launched the Centrino Duo-branded D820 and D620, saying both machines would in due course be offered with an HSDPA option, but it was unable to state when the 'super 3G' card would be available.

Well, now it is. Buyers choosing the D820 can opt to have the Dell Wireless 5505 Mobile Broadband 3G HSDPA card pre-installed for an extra £131. The card ships with a with Vodafone SIM, the Dell website states, as expected. According to Dell, the card works in HSDPA mode when connected to Vodafone's 3G networks in the UK, France and Germany.

Option GlobeTrotter HSDPA card

However, Vodafone itself has yet to list an HSDPA-enabled 3G datacard on the carrier's own website. When the Vodafone UK HSDPA service goes live - sometime this summer, the company has said in the past - it is only expected to operate within the M25 area. If it detects no HSDPA network, the Dell card should connect at regular 3G data-rates.

The card provides download speeds of up to 1.8Mbps - the upload speed is 384Kbps - five times faster than today's standard 3G networks.

It's currently unclear whether Dell is also offering the card with the D620, as promised. The D620 customisation page on Dell's website was unavailable when we checked today. The cards can be bought separately, we understand, for £149. ®

Thanks to Reg Hardware reader Mark for the tip.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey
This Herod network's ace – but crap reception in bullrushes
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality
Oettinger all about the infrastructure – but not big on substance
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.