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The GSM Association (GSMA), a global trade association representing over 750 GSM mobile phone operators including Rogers Wireless in Canada, have brokered a deal with 17 large technology firms to push a new mark called "Mobile Broadband."

Notebook computers carrying the new moniker will feature built-in wireless chips that allow consumers to connect directly to their wireless phone provider’s data network without the need for an external modem.
Similar to when notebooks started having WiFi connectivity built-in. The problem here is GSM is not ubiquitous the way WiFi was.

So in the future, will you have to buy a GSM enabled laptop or CDMA laptop?
 

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Within the next five years or so most of the carriers will be launching convergance networks (most likely LTE) so that won't be a big issue.

Once the GSMA adopts LTE as the standard, LTE will be known as (4G) GSM. So whether the mobile broadband chip uses EDGE (2G - TDMA based), HSPA (3G - W-CDMA based), or LTE (4G W-CDMA based) it will all be considered a GSM enabled laptop.
 

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I have two notebooks, both with internal evdo mobile broadband cards, each with their own subscription (connect 33 5gb on one, connect 75 unlimited on the other)

3g is great already, and can only get better/faster
 
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