AAPL Stock: 118.03 ( -0.85 )

Printed from

Lenovo includes off-contract mobile broadband with Thinkpads

updated 05:00 pm EDT, Mon June 11, 2012

Prepaid service includes 3G access for 30 minute periods

Lenovo has introduced a self-branded mobile broadband service for its ThinkPad line. Lenovo Mobile Access is a prepaid broadband connection powered by Macheen, which users in the US and nine countries in Europe will be able to use on selected new purchases from the manufacturer.

Connecting a ThinkPad equipped with a 3G module, Lenovo is taking aim at both individuals and business users without access to home, office, or public Wi-Fi hotspots. Charging $2 for a 30-minute "Time Pass," or $9 for a day, the service also has options for 2GB and 6GB monthly plans and automatic monthly renewal in some cases. The UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands will also receive the service, but at different rates.

The time-based charging structure may encourage network carriers to change their own mobile broadband products to suit. Current mobile broadband offerings typically offer either a contract or prepaid block of data for a period of one month or reaching a predetermined bandwidth limit, leaving public Wi-Fi hotspots to offer shorter time slots to customers.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented