Sprint Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Offer an Ultrabook with Lenovo U310 Package
Sprint is now carrying an ultrabook in its lineup and will offer customers the opportunity to have lightweight mobile computing coupled with its 3G/4G Now Network. The package, which will see the Lenovo U310 bundled alongside either a Novatel MiFi 3G/4G hotspot or the Sierra Wireless Overdrive Pro, will cost $850 along with a two-year contract and qualifying data plan. Unfortunately, with the slim Lenovo U310, Sprint’s mobile 3G/4G radio won’t be embedded inside and users looking to pick up this package would have to tether over WiFi with either mobile hotspot units.
Sprint says that it would offer either 3 GB wireless plans for $25 per month or 6 GB data plans for $50 per month. Users who sign up with a two-year agreement will receive three free months of wireless mobile broadband service.
With the Lenovo U310, Sprint is claiming to be the first mobile carrier in the U.S. to offer an ultrabook in its lineup. In the past, carriers have offered notebooks and netbooks coupled with either a mobile hotspot or with an embedded 3G/4G modem.
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook Now Available
Through Affordable Bundled Offer Exclusively from Sprint
Sprint-exclusive bundled offer includes Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook,
MiFi or Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot and three months of free service
for just $799.99 with a two-year mobile broadband service agreement
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – July 16, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S) has teamed up with Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) to offer the first Ultrabook™ in a bundled wireless package that includes a 3G/4G mobile hotspot device at no additional charge. Lenovo IdeaPad® U310 Ultrabook is part of a new category of sleek and stylish, no-compromise, computing devices inspired by Intel® that incorporates useful features for consumers, including fast start-up, thin and light designs and PC content-creation capabilities and performance levels.
This exclusive offer through Sprint Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Web Sales (www.sprint.com/ultrabook), Sprint Business Sales and Sprint Business Solutions Partners includes Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook and either MiFi® 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Novatel Wireless or Overdrive Pro™ 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Sierra Wireless for just $799.99 (plus tax). The offer also includes three months of free mobile broadband service on the mobile hotspot device with a two-year Sprint mobile broadband service agreement.
Sprint data plans for the 3G/4G mobile hotspot device start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers also can choose the $49.99 per month plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data and still receive three months of free mobile broadband service with a two-year Sprint mobile broadband service agreement (Three months free provided as a monthly service credit starting on the second or third invoice. Prices exclude taxes and surcharges).
“Sprint is uniquely positioned to bring our customers an aggressively priced Ultrabook, powerful 3G/4G mobile hotspot and easily affordable mobile broadband rate plan that offers a significant savings compared to our competitors,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook paired with a Sprint 3G/4G mobile hotspot is an incredible value and gives a small business or student going back to school this fall the ability to get work done at an easily affordable price.”
The IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook combines an ultra-slim, attractive design with ultra-responsive, tablet-like technologies such as Lenovo RapidBoot, which enables the Ultrabook to resume from hibernate in less than seven seconds, and BootShield, which maintains fast boot performance even after installing multiple applications.
“Our IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook combines the best of both the PC and tablets, with powerful processing performance, large storage capacity, rich audio and lightning fast speed– all wrapped in an incredibly sleek and mobile design,” said David Bent, executive director, Marketing, Americas, Lenovo. “Sprint’s mobile broadband network unleashes the Ultrabook’s full capabilities consumers, business users or student can work, study and play virtually whenever and wherever they want.”
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook measures just 0.71 inches (18 mm) thin, weighs less than four pounds and offers up to seven hours of battery life. The Ultrabook features a 13.3-inch HD display, Intel® Core™ i5 processor and Intel® GMA 3000 HD graphics, 720p HD webcam and stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio enhancement. The Ultrabook also includes Lenovo’s AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys for comfortable and accurate typing and glass touchpad for easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions.
The U310 also comes with an arsenal of security tools, including Lenovo’s VeriFace™ facial recognition technology for convenient login and OneKey® Rescue System for simple data backup and recovery. In case of loss or theft, Intel® Anti-theft (AT) technology can remotely disable the Ultrabook or track it down through GPS or Wi-Fi geo-location with third-party service subscription.
The ultra-compact MiFi 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Novatel Wireless is the second generation MiFi and brings customers the portability of the MiFi design with one-touch connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops, tablets, eReaders or gaming consoles. Delivering a true wireless experience with no cables or software installation required, the MiFi 3G/4G mobile hotspot easily supports all the needs of a family household, a frequent traveler who wants to avoid Wi-Fi charges, or even a small business team in a form factor about the size of a credit card.
As the second generation of the popular Overdrive device, Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Sierra Wireless allows users to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously, including laptops, tablets, eReaders, gaming devices, cameras and even smartphones from other carriers – through a single connection (via Wi-Fi). Compact, portable and easy to carry, Overdrive Pro provides faster speeds and more capacity to enable user experience for high-bandwidth applications, transferring large data files or downloading videos in seconds.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.