Fujitsu-Siemens is set to team up with mobile operator Vodafone to offer companies subsidised computers in the same fashion as contract-based mobile phones.
The Connect2Air package will cost businesses around £89 per month per contract, depending on usage levels. This will include full Wi-Fi access, 24/7 customer support and a laptop PC for just £99 (normal price list of £1,139-£1,478) with full warranty.
Customers will be tied into the package for a minimum of 12 months. The total package will set users back around £2250 per year compared to an equivalent wireless only access package at around £1700 — however, heavy users will find costs higher.
Fujitsu will offer notebooks and tablet PCs based on Intel’s Centrino platform. Every computer will be bundled with a Vodafone £100 mobile connect card for GPRS.
“Small and mid-sized businesses experience unique challenges. Keeping control of costs whilst keeping on top of business is of paramount importance. The announcement with Fujitsu-Siemens means that we can provide customers with a total remote access package that is easy to use and cost-effective.” Said Mark Bond, head of business marketing at Vodafone.
The service will be available through Carphone Warehouse stores from 1 March.