It's a rough world out there, and no one should be without 3G nowadays -- especially not anyone whose job requires them to carry a Panasonic CF-18
, one of their iron-clad ToughBook
class laptops strong enough to take a bullet (ok, maybe not really
). Looks like Panny landed a deal with Cingular to incorporate HSDPA into the CF-18 by way of a Novatel Wireless Expedite EU730 UMTS / HSDPA card, presumably a Mini PCI add-on. Nope, it's not the first shot the ToughBook has had at having 3G
in its lifetime -- and we assume it won't be the last -- but this does add Panasonic to the short list
of HSDPA laptop
makers, as well as to the growing list of companies offering help in the way of laptop-internal 3G while remaining relatively (though never entirely) carrier agnostic.
[Via The Wireless Report