HP now officially offers its Mini 1000 netbook with mobile broadband, through its online store’s configurator. From its press release:
The method of activating WWAN on the Mini 1000 is with HP Connection Manager 1.1. HP Connection Manager provides a single connection solution for 2008 HP mobile broadband minis and notebooks, and supports multiple operators on both GSM and CDMA based networks with self activation capabilities on select partner operator networks.
The modem is included on earlier models, but it took some work to get it running. The dual-technology radio is an excellent decision, I think, and sets a precedent that will hopefully prevent particular brands of 3G netbooks ending up tied to specific carriers (and ultimately to subsidies) as the segment matures.
Good job, HP.
Online store [HP Direct]