HP will not offer 3G support on its smartphones and PDAs until at least 2007. HP’s Chin-Teik See, Vice-President for Consumer Products and Mobile Business Group in the Asia-Pacific region, explained that 3G is still a nascent marketwith only 3 percent of the current cell phone space and that it remains expensive both in terms of customer subscription offerings as well as hardware.
The main benefit of 3G is speeds of up to 384kbps. The applications that really take advantage of that speed are TV and video streaming and uptake on devices with relatively small screens remains low. Where 3G may make inroads sooner is on notebook products and HP has indicated that such products are on their way.