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Sprint, HP and Novatel Create Wi-Fi Offer
Posted: 02-Apr-2003 [Source: HP]

[Sprint's PCS Vision service, HP's iPAQ Pocket PC2900 series and Novatel's Wireless Merlin C201 merge to offer mobile road warriors wireless connectivity.]

Sprint, HP, and Novatel Wireless announce a promotional offer that leverages their complementary IT and wireless assets. Business customers who purchase a Compaq Evo notebook PC or HP iPAQ Pocket PC 3900 series will be eligible for a limited time offer that includes a free PCS Connection Card(tm) by Novatel Wireless(tm) (Merlin C201), free activation and waived monthly service charges for the first month if they sign up for a PCS VisionSM Plan for laptops and PDAs with a 2-year PCS Advantage Agreement.

This offer is available on all Compaq Evo notebooks and HP iPAQ Pocket PC 3900 series purchased between March 26, 2003 and June 22, 2003 with activation of the PCS Connection Card no later than September 22, 2003. The promotion is aimed at providing a simple and convenient solution for mobile professionals to turn down-time into productive time.

The PCS Connection Card by Novatel Wireless (Merlin C201) is a PCMCIA card with a built-in antenna designed for easy installation and operation on the CDMA2000 3G1X network built by Sprint. In August 2002, Sprint launched the largest nationwide coverage for advanced applications and devices as part of PCS VisionSM services. Using a Vision-enabled PCS Connection Card, customers can quickly and easily access the Internet or their corporate applications such as email on a laptop or select handhelds at data speeds averaging 50 to 70 Kbps, with peak speeds of 144 Kbps via the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

PCS Vision Plans for laptops and PDAs range from $40 per month for 20 megabytes of data to $100 per month for unlimited data using a PCS Connection Card. HP notebook customers who purchase select Evo notebooks can also get a free PCS Connection Card by Novatel Wireless (Merlin C201) if they sign up for a 1-year PCS Advantage Agreement with a $99.99 unlimited PCS Vision Plan for laptops and PDAs. This option does not include free activation or waive the first month's monthly recurring charge. The promotional offer is in effect until June 22, 2003.

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