Dell Forms MVNO In Japan

Dell has formed an MVNO in Japan, selling new laptops with built-in no-configure HSPA internet access — using DoCoMo’s 7.2 Mpbs wireless network. The prices of the laptops are similar to those of Dell’s existing line, indicating it is trying to attract customers to the computers with extra value. Of course, once the fixed amount of initial online time runs out, people will be able to pay by credit card for extra time — an ongoing revenue stream for the vendor reports TechRadar. Dell is keen to get into the smartphone business, and while forming a mobile virtual network operator for that probably isn’t a good way to go if the company has a functioning MVNO to sell airtime for its laptops it could conceivably cross-sell its handsets.