Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Mini 9 with built-in HSDPA?

Hot on the heels of the official release of Dell's new netbook, the Inspiron mini 9, is the news that Dell has shaken hands with Vodafone on a co-marketing deal.


However the rumour is that, unlike similar deals, the Dell netbook will ship (at least here in the UK) with built-in HSDPA broadband. Which will certainly set the cat amoungt the pigeons...


If true, and initial reviews of the netbook certainly suggest that there could be more than a grain of truth here, this is exciting stuff.

Update: Okay, that's official. Although there isn't any news as to cost as yet, Vodafone would be mad not to significantly subsidise the already fairly moderate cost of the mini 9. Free with a contract data plan sounds like a decent price point to me...

Now I have to decide whether I should pick one up now, or wait? If I buy now, can I get an HSDPA board for it later, or will I be stuck without WWAN access? Decisions, decisions...

Update: The Vodafone press release...

Update: If true, the news that the stock version of the mini 9 "...doesn't have the internal antenna infrastructure needed to support mobile broadband", isn't good...