6/19/2008 4:07:00 PM
Laptops with embedded Sims will overtake dongles
Sales of laptops with embedded Sims will overtake dongles within 12 months, according to industry experts.
Networks are looking to bundle their own laptops preloaded with a Sim, in a model similar to a mobile phone contract.
Alec Howard, Vodafone’s head of laptop connectivity, said: ‘The USB modem will be around for a bit longer, but over the next 12 months we will see it switch over to embedded Sims.’
Howard said customers in need of high download speeds no longer had to rely on external modems, as laptop’s internal modems were now capable of speeds of 7.2Mbps.
A senior buyer at another network agreed that sales of dongles may have peaked. He said: ‘Embedded devices are around the corner in a big way. The whole market will be crowded with laptops with embedded Sims by the end of the year.’
Operators are currently talking to laptop brands about the prospect of bundling a Sim into a laptop, but are also in talks with less well-known brands, largely based in China, to launch network-branded laptops.
Vodafone currently provides Sim cards for a number of laptop manufacturers, including Dell, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo and Acer.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile has its Sims in laptops from Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Siemens and HP, and 3 recently revealed that it was in talks with laptop manufacturers over the use of its Sim cards.