OQO announces Verizon integration with Model 02 Ultra Mobile PC / Tablet PC

Great news out of OQO land today – In addition to offering integration with Sprint Broadband, OQO annoucned today that the Model 02 Ultra-Mobile PC / Tablet PC will also support integrated WWAN with Verizon.

It is great to see OQO giving these additional WWAN options to customers, which is a very smart move on their part. Most OEMs who offer integrated WWAN only support one wireless carrier. OQO goes a step further with adding two ( Sprint and Verizon ), which is great for their customers and for OQO as it broadens their potential market.

Here is their press release:

OQO Inc., mobile computing innovator and creator of the groundbreaking model 02 computer, today announced that OQO is now offering the model 02 computer with integrated EV-DO Wireless WAN capability compatible with the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service. Recently unveiled at CES 2007, where it received numerous industry awards and accolades, the OQO model 02 is the world’s smallest fully-functional PC.

Customers in the United States will now be able to access email, the Internet, and business and personal applications utilizing Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO BroadbandAccess service powered by the nation’s most reliable high-speed wireless broadband network. Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service provides average download speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second, and is currently available coast to coast covering more than 200 million people in over 242 major metropolitan areas.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates how Verizon Wireless and OQO are together pushing the frontier of mobile productivity,” said Cindy Patterson, Verizon Wireless vice president enterprise data sales. “The high speed and broad coverage of Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network and BroadbandAccess service, combined with the convenient form factor of the OQO model 02, means that users will be more connected, more efficient, and more effective than ever before.”

“This collaboration with Verizon Wireless is another important step forward in realizing our vision of Anytime/Anywhere Productivity,” said Bob Rosin, senior vice president of marketing & alliances, OQO. “Ultra mobile computing is about taking the same access to information and applications that you have at your desk, and putting it in a package you can carry with you all the time.”

“True mobile computing means having your computer and being connected wherever you go, an increasing requirement for today’s professionals. On-the-go professionals need complete access to email and applications but don’t want to lug around a traditional laptop or go hunting for a hotspot,” said Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst, for the Enderle Group. “The OQO model 02’s compact size, full laptop capability, and integrated EV-DO enable professionals with the mobility, power, and connectivity for achieving a new standard in productivity.”

The OQO model 02 computer with embedded EV-DO capability features unprecedented mobility at only 5.6″ x 3.3″ x 1.0″ in size, just 1 pound in weight, and with ergonomic backlit keyboard and TouchScrollers; flexibility with a full docking station and support for dual external displays at up to 1920 x 1200 pixels through digital (HDMI/DVI) and analog (VGA) video interfaces and OQO DisplaySense technology; and power with up to 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, shock-mounted 60GB HDD with active drop detection, and compatibility with standard PC-based applications. Starting today, the model 02 may be ordered with Windows Vista ยช pre-installed.

The OQO model 02 with embedded Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess capability is now available to order at www.oqo.com/store, through OQO’s enterprise sales team, and through channel partners. For more information, please visit www.oqo.com.

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