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HP Chromebook 11 with LTE: No 3G fallback to keep costs down

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While the HP(s hpq) Chromebook 11 debuted as a Wi-Fi only model, the product page has long said that LTE would be an option. A chip from Altair Semiconductor will add mobile broadband to the laptop, but don’t expect a signal outside of Verizon(s vz)(s vod) LTE coverage areas. To keep costs down the chip won’t support 3G networks. That means you’ll have to find Wi-Fi for the laptop if there’s no LTE available. Chromebook(s goog) Pixel owners are already used to that: That laptop’s LTE model also has 4G and Wi-Fi only connections.

3 Responses to “HP Chromebook 11 with LTE: No 3G fallback to keep costs down”

  1. i wish these machines were not tied to carriers, far more preferable would be if they shipped with an unlocked GSM/HSPA+/LTE radio and we could put the SIM card of our choice inside. having traveled to places where unlocked GSM slots are common i have noticed that data only plans are much much cheaper than here in the USA. this is largely the result of head on competition for customers that is achieved when no carrier branding is included.

    HP should not negotiate with any carrier just provide the unlocked hardware that allow consumers to choose a carrier SIM. enough manufactures do that and a competitive data plan market will develop as a result.