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Dell laptop to bundle Verizon high-speed card

Dell Inc. plans to sell a laptop computer early next year with a built-in connection card for Verizon Wireless' high-speed service, the companies said Monday.
/ Source: Reuters

Dell Inc. plans to sell a laptop computer early next year with a built-in connection card for Verizon Wireless' high-speed service, the companies said Monday.

Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc is also talking to other laptop computer makers including Lenovo Group Ltd. according to a person familiar with the matter.

The second-biggest U.S. mobile phone provider has a high-speed wireless network based on EV-DO technology with coverage for more than a third of the population.

Current users of the service must buy separate fast-wireless cards that are not built into their computers.

Phone companies around the world are developing high speed networks to deliver services such as Web surfing and e-mail to computers and phones in a bid to boost revenue to eventually substitute falling phone-call prices.