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Vodafone To Sell Dell Inspiron 'Mini 9' Notebook

Available in "key European markets," the built-in mobile broadband offers wider access, as opposed to having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot in order to get on the Web.

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Dell Inspiron Mini 9
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Vodafone plans to sell late this month in Europe Dell's new mini-notebook with built-in mobile broadband, the company said Friday.

The Inspiron Mini 9 will be available exclusively through Vodafone stores and online and directly from Dell in "key European markets," Vodafone said. By building in support for its high-speed wireless data network, Vodafone is offering Mini 9 users anytime, anywhere access, as opposed to having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot in order to get on the Web or check e-mail.

"The availability of the Inspiron Mini 9 will further enhance what a customer can achieve with mobile broadband whilst on the move," Andrew Sangster, director of PC Connectivity for Vodafone, said in a statement released Thursday.

Details on country availability and pricing would be disclosed closer to the release date. However, the convenience of the Vodafone service is unlikely to come cheap. In the U.S., for example, AT&T pricing for connecting a notebook to the company's wireless data network costs $60 a month.

Dell launched its long-awaited mini-notebook Thursday. The Windows XP model is available through Dell immediately in the United States, Canada, Japan, and select countries in Europe. Pricing in the U.S. starts at $399. The Ubuntu Linux version, expected to be available in a few weeks, will start at $349.

The Mini 9 weighs 2.28 pounds, has an 8.9-inch display and is available with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless support. The system supports up to 1 GB of memory and is available with a 4-GB, 8-GB, or 16-GB solid-state drive. The mini-PC is powered by a 1.6-GHz Intel Atom processor.

Dell is including 2 GB of online storage from Box.net at no charge. The system is available in black or white, but the white case will cost extra.

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