HP unveiled DataPass, a nationwide broadband service on Sprint's EVDO network the company will bundle with a handful of its Elitebook business laptops. The contract-free service allows users to sign up for between five hours and 30 days of access with prices ranging from $5 to $30. Users will pay HP directly for the service, which they'll be able to manage through the HP Connection Manager on their notebook, Liliputing reports. Each service tier of DataPass includes bandwidth limitations to go with its time limits.
Initially the service is only available to U.S. customers. If successful, DataPass will expand to consumer laptops integrated with 3G and roll out internationally, according to Expert Reviews. In addition to announcing DataPass, HP also unveiled the new Elitebook business laptops that will be bundled with the mobile broadband service. The Elitebook 2560p and 2760p are the smallest in the Elitebook family. Both provide longer battery life than existing models and are available with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors, says PCMag.com. Available on May 23, the 2560p starts at $1,099. The 2760p is available now and begins at $1,499.