Sprint (s s) continues to promote its growing 4G network through the offer of two Dell (s dell) notebooks that have integrated 3G and 4G connectivity. The notebooks include the 10-inch Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook and the 11.6-inch Inspiron 11z Notebook. The Mini 10 is available free ($100 mail-in rebate) to customers signing a new 2-year mobile broadband contract, while the 11z is $149.99 (same rebate) with contract.
There are two data plans available for the notebooks, including a 3G/4G plan that offers unlimited 4G and 3G with a 5 GB data cap for $59.99 monthly. This plan is similar to the existing plan for Sprint’s Overdrive wireless modem. Those not wanting 4G data speeds, or those not in an area that has coverage, can opt for a 3G-only plan with a 500 MB data cap for $39.99 per month.
Notebooks with integrated 4G are nothing new, but the dual 3G/4G connectivity bundled in these two notebooks ensures customers can make the fastest connection available in any location. The data connection will automatically tap into the faster Sprint 4G (WiMAX) network where coverage is available, or connect to the 3G (EVDO) network if 4G isn’t detected. The Sprint 3G network has much wider coverage than the 4G network, as the latter has only been rolled out in 55 cities in the U. S.
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