Wednesday, August 6, 2008

T-Mobile offers Acer TM5320 laptop with mobile broadband

T-Mobile has today launched their first laptop-inclusive mobile broadband deal. They're offering an Acer TravelMate 5320 laptop worth £349.99 to new customers signing a 24-month mobile broadband contract at £30 per month.

This makes T-Mobile the second network provider to offer a direct inclusive laptop deal - 3 Mobile was first to market last month with a range of laptops available with their mobile broadband service.

We expect other players to follow suit soon, so watch this space.

Incidentally, the introduction of this offer sees a re-branding of T-Mobile's mobile broadband products. For simplicity and to avoid confustion with their mobile phone Web'n'Walk service add-on, their mobile broadband packages are now termed 'Broadband Plus' and 'Broadband Max'.

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Carphone Warehouse hints at impact of Mobile Broadband

Carphone Warehouse has revealed a slow growth in the broadband market after they halved its target for new broadband customers this year.

The group forecast in April that it would get 400,000 new customers by next March. However, they have cut this number to between 200,000 and 250,000. They have said the consumer slowdown and less people moving house are to blame.

What was interesting though was that CEO Charles Dunstone highlighted the popularity of mobile broadband 'dongles', as another factor which is putting pressure customer additions.

This is the first indication that mobile broadband is having a real impact on 'traditional' fixed-line broadband sales. Could this be a peek into the future?

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