Wait to buy integrated wireless PCs, says Gartner

Saran, Cliff
April 2006
Computer Weekly;4/4/2006, p14
Trade Publication
This article reports on the advice given by analyst firm Gartner Group Inc. that users should avoid buying notebook PCs with integrated wireless technology until after 2008, due to the risk of wireless obsolescence. The analyst firm said that the third generation (3G) interface may become obsolete before the notebook, as notebooks typically last four years within business, while 3G could be obsolete within two. Separate plug-in 3G data cards will provide more flexibility and upgradeability for most corporate users, it suggested. Gartner said that the only time integrated 3G might be desirable is when it is used for a fixed business function that is unlikely to change during the lifetime of the device. It advised users who do decide to buy notebooks with integrated 3G to demand a price and specification for 3G wireless adapter upgrades during the life of the notebook. Mobile operators and contracts should be tactical selections. Firms should avoid lock-in to contracts or value-added services, Gartner advised.


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