June 11, 2012
Lenovo Adds Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Services To Its ThinkPad Lineup
Chinese computer maker Lenovo announced today that its ThinkPad laptops will have Mobile Access, a no-contract mobile broadband service that will be available directly from the firm, effectively cutting out the middle man.
The service, being offered by Lenovo´s recent partnership with Macheen Inc., is aimed at offering consumers and business users of its ThinkPads greater flexibility in connecting to online services. The service will be available on the PC maker´s ThinkPad Classic and ThinkPad Edge lines.
Lenovo Mobile Access will allow users to buy access time in increments of 30 minutes (30MB for $1.95) and 1 day (200MB for $8.95). It will also have 2GB and 6GB monthly packages available.
The access plan, powered by Macheen´s scalable cloud-based platform, will be officially launching July 1, but is already available in the United States and nine European countries.
“We live in world where it's not only undesirable to be without online access, it's often disruptive to businesses. For that reason we wanted to create a flexible mobile broadband solution that would be unparalleled in its ability to help business users stay connected and working,” said Dilip Bhatia, VP and GM of Lenovo℠s ThinkPad Business Unit.
“Fundamentally, Lenovo Mobile Access gives individual and corporate customers options to determine how, when and where they want to connect with online applications and services, all at a price that fits their budget,” added Bhatia.
Lenovo´s pay-as-you-go service could be quite valuable to businesses, helping them reduce the cost of mobile broadband connectivity with the right amount of access needed, which can also be extended to large numbers of individual employees. Business customers can also take advantage of several smart features designed to streamline device management, increase security and productivity for mobile employees, and reduce operational expenses.
ThinkPads will come installed with a single SIM used for global access, enabling mass roll-out capabilities over a secure connection. Web-based policy management tools let IT administrators customize permissions and access options by services or application, for the whole company, specific workgroups, or individual users.
“To date, connectivity has been 'off the rack' and one-size fits all--too many mobile users are forced to squeeze into a mobile broadband contract that gives them either more or less connectivity than they need, or they go without entirely,” said Richard Schwartz, president and CEO of Macheen. “With service by Macheen, Lenovo Mobile Access lets users trade ill-fitting plans for tailored connectivity featuring pay-as-you-go rates and customized access for any device, application and user. Quite literally, it's access to cloud-based content, services and applications that fits the way users work and live, meaning virtually all ThinkPad users can enjoy the value of true mobility.”