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Toshiba product marketing manager, Justin White, said the company was getting set to launch 3G notebooks in Q4. To date, the Portege M400 model was 3G capable and uses a card. The forthcoming models would have embedded 3G.

The technology would have an impact on the market in that it allows users to work anywhere, anytime, White said.

Like HP, Toshiba is in talks with a number of telcos across the region.

"For resellers, it's another money-spinner," White said. In addition to hardware margins, partners could make money beyond the initial sale by connecting customers to the network, or upgrading mail servers.

On the flipside, Protac International Computers Australia marketing manager, Patrick Cheng, said his company hadn't yet seen much demand for the technology.

"We haven't heard anything from the suppliers about integration. There's still a long way to go, but if there's a market for it, we'd pursue it," he said.

While there is a lot of hype surrounding embedded 3G, Gartner continues to advise users to buy laptops and mobile connectivity separately.

"Certain applications will continue to require handheld devices with integrated 3G connectivity. But for most businesses, add-on cards are a better investment and provide much more flexibility than integrated systems," Gartner said.


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