If you are an avid traveller or a business person who frequently visits multiple countries, you would be extremely frustrated when it comes to accessing the internet in your mobile phone. Buying a local sim to meet your internet needs is your only option when you are on the ‘go’ in that particular country. Of course, there are other options such as free WiFi hotspots in some particular stores or locations. But these are quite limited. What if you could access mobile broadband without having to buy a new local sim for every country that you visit? Wouldn’t that be a perfect panacea to your internet woes? ‘Lenovo Connect’ from Lenovo is here to enable you with a “global roaming service”.
The Chinese PC and Mobile giant has launched a new mobile broadband service so its smartphone, tablet and PC users can get quick access to the Internet in different countries. With the ‘Lenovo Connect’ service, users won’t need a SIM card as connectivity is embedded in Lenovo devices. The service will work on Lenovo’s smartphones, tablets and PCs. Users can click on an app to get local mobile broadband pricing.
Connect will first be available in China on the LeMeng X3 and Miix 700 tablets. It will be available on ThinkPad laptops in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) in the first quarter. Lenovo didn’t say when the service would launch in North America.
Lenovo doesn’t own mobile networks, but will be an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that uses cellular services provided by others. Users will buy mobile broadband service directly from Lenovo. The service was announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona just a few days after Lenovo licensed 3G and 4G technologies from Qualcomm for use in its devices.