Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009

hpAnyone who’s just signed up to one of those two-year E-Mobile (other providers are available) contracts for a free or cheap PC with wireless ’net access should look away now when we tell you that HP Japan is rolling out pretty much the same thing for a lot less cash.

The company formerly known as Hewlett Packard is shifting its notebook computers at vastly subsidized prices, complete with built-in SIM cards that get them onto a rented slice of DoCoMo’s network anytime, anyplace.

HP Japan hopes to make money by selling time on the intarwebs at ¥10 a minute via the keitai network or ¥300 a day for Wi-Fi access through any of 15,000 nationwide hotspots. Willcom, watch out.

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