Harvey Norman has teamed up with Intel and SkyNetGlobal in an effort to promote wireless broadband communications.
For the next three months, every laptop computer powered by Intel’s Centrino mobile technology that is sold at Harvey Norman will come with five hours of free access to SkyNetGlobal’s public broadband wireless technology (WiFi) service.
SkyNetGlobal is a provider of WiFi services based on 802.11 wireless technology. The service enables subscribers to send and receive emails and surf the net on their wireless-enabled laptop or PDA at one of 160 public WiFi hotspots Australia-wide or 2500 worldwide.
The Intel Centrino-powered laptops contain a new mobile processor and wireless network capabilities that have been designed to work specifically with SkyNetGlobal’s services.
The promotion aims to entice new laptop customers towards wireless technology, moving public hotspot communications from the niche market to the mainstream.
National product and marketing manager for Harvey Norman, Colin Wright, said: “More and more computers are being shipped with [wireless] as standard, which means that the demand for use of public WiFi hotspots, including airport lounges, hotels and convention centres is likely to grow.”