May 11th, 2005

Next Gen Laptop (Sony) With Last Gen Cellular Technology

Sony announced a laptop PC with a built-in cellular module that allows users to bypass the purchase of a separate card if they choose to sign up for Cingular’s data access service at $79.95/month. The module works with Cingular’s EDGE network.

In my opinion, this does not get them to the cutting edge. It does give their customers the broadest access available nationwide, but certainly not the fastest or most cutting edge. Consumers paying $79.95 per month are not mass market. If they are paying $79.95 per month, then they will want access to the best networks available – EV-DO where it is available and eventually HSDPA for Cingular.

I understand the logic of wanting to offer a product appealing to the widest possible base, but I don’t understand not putting the latest generation of technology into a product marketed as “cutting edge.”

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