Sony, Cingular Shack Up For Wireless Laptops

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Sony is the first on board for the impending wires-free world. The first mass-market, cellular teched out, wireless Internet ready laptop, Vaio T350 notebook comes in at a mere (cough) $2,199.

But don’t expect to access the Net and surf Wi-Fi style with just anybody.

Sony also announced that the new EDGE technology based internal modem will only work in the US with Cingular Wireless. This service will only run at (cough, cough, cuhhhhhough!) $80 a month for unlimited access.

The new Vaio does offer a choice between WiFi and Bluetooth technologies. It features a dashboard toggle allowing users to switch back and forth.

Mike Abary, general manager of VAIO product marketing for Sony Electronics said, “the exciting combination of our hardware and Cingular’s service allows you to go beyond the limited world of corporate, private and public hotspots to get online wherever you happen to be.”

Just as long as wherever you happen to be has access to Cingular.

Sony’s complete VAIO Entertainment Software Suite includes applications for video editing, digital photo and music management, and VAIO Media(TM) software — a simple interface for sharing digital content among PCs or compatible consumer electronics devices on a home network.

Sony, Cingular Shack Up For Wireless Laptops
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