Microsoft announces first mobile carriers to support Always Connected PCs
These are the first mobile operators around the world to officially support Always Connected PCs.
The push behind the Always Connected PC vision has been ramping up in recent weeks, with manufacturers like HP, ASUS, and Lenovo all joining the fray with their own LTE PCs based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. Now, Microsoft and Qualcomm have announced the first batch of mobile operators that will actively support Always Connected PCs around the world. These initial carriers will help to bring "easy and affordable connectivity plans to consumers on advanced LTE wireless networks," Microsoft and Qualcomm said in a press release.
Throughout the first half of 2018 and beyond, the companies say, mobile operators in China, Italy, the UK, and the U.S. will officially support Always Connected PCs. Here's a look at the carriers you can expect to roll out support in each region:
- China – China Telecom
- Italy – TIM (Telecom Italia)
- U.K. – EE
- U.S. – Sprint, Verizon
In addition to supporting connected PCs on their LTE networks, you can expect each operator to stock Always Connected PCs in their retail store, Qualcomm and Microsoft say.
In early December, Microsoft and its hardware partners revealed the first entries in the Always Connected PC category. Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, the PCs, like the HP Envy x2 and ASUS NovaGo offer exceptional battery life, instant-on, and a persistent LTE connection. At CES 2018, Lenovo jumped into the fray with its own entry, the Miix 630.
Expect some of the above carriers to stock Always Connected devices throughout 2018, in addition to direct sales from the manufacturers themselves and Microsoft.
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First of all, SECURITY. SMDH
I work at the airport, and heavily depend on the 100+ wifi networks we have here.... But, when logging onto my personal accounts public networks are unacceptable.
Second, reliability. If you travel as much as you say you do (and I seriously doubt you do, because if you did we wouldn't be having this conversation) you would know that those networks are NOWHERE NEAR as reliable as a private LTE connection. Really?
1. They are either broken
2. They are slow, and out of date
3. Maintenance is being performed on them.
Man, give us a break. How would you know anything I'm taking about if you're still stuck on the k connection in your moms basement. Please. You're on a technology driven site, and you're asking why should people not use newer technologies that are more streamlined, reliable, secure, and convenient.
But, your argument is "Just use McDonald's wifi"...... You had way too many Happy Meals in 2017, dude. Damn, man. I'm sick of your BS.
Hopefully some of these devices have SIM slots. I know msft is pushing eSIM with the ACPC's. If there is no SIM slot carrier support may be crucial.
Also, I wonder how T-Mobile's "Digits" initiative will play with the ACPC. If you're not familiar with "Digits", have a look. I love it. Just wish they had a UWP in the store.
I left verizon because I couldnt get a windows phone. I stuck with at&t because they supported them. It is a little odd to see them go with CDMA over gsm
For all we know, AT&T might be working with MS (as we've seen before with MS and Lumia devices), and waiting for the unveiling of this Andromeda device to announce their support. You never know. This might be the case.
Microsoft....don't make the same mistake again. GSM and LTE universal support are a must here for this to work.
Do US carriers have unlimited data plans?