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HP to integrate Qualcomm's Gobi EV-DO / HSPA chip into laptops

Nilay Patel

It's not all just cellphones at Mobile World Congress -- HP and Qualcomm have just announced plans to ship laptops with Qualcomm's Gobi dual-3G chipset that supports both EV-DO and HSPA. That means you won't be locked into a carrier when you buy a laptop with an integrated WWAN modem -- and hardcore road warriors with multiple subscriptions will even be able to switch on the fly to the network with better coverage. HP says Gobi (officially the MDM1000 chip, but that's no fun) will be available on a range of laptops from ultraportables to high-performance models later this year, but there's no word on pricing just yet -- let's hope it falls into the "might as well" range, eh?

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